UBJP SouthMin guides members on choosing candidates to vote 

The United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) –Southern Mindanao (SouthMin) Officials met yesterday (May 5) with its provincial and municipal officers from SoCSKSarGen area to provide guidelines on how to choose candidates to be voted in the upcoming May 9 National and Local elections.

UBJP SouthMin Vice President Mohagher Iqbal and Admin Officer Cris Guialal shared to the UBJP SouthMin local officers the mechanisms in critiquing national and local candidates.

According to the guidelines, for the national candidates, voters should try to check the candidates’ platforms on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)/Peace Process, Implementation Process, Attitudes and Characters (both plus and minus), and their Associates.

For the local candidates, the local UBJP officers were advised to look at the programs of the candidates, their support to the peace process and closeness or treatment to their Moro constituents.

In the critical analysis to the five presidentiables on Moro issues, the BBL and peace process as seen during the last presidential debate, it has shown that: Former Secretary Mar Roxas has clear commitment to solve the Moro problem; Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has clear commitment and conviction to solve the Moro problem; Senator Grace Poe wants inclusive peace process but never mentioned of BBL and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB); VP Jejomar Binay has no policy instead he mentioned that poverty is the root cause of conflict in Mindanao; and Senator Miriam Santiago has mentioned only the Tausog customs and tradition and Shariah law.

Duterte mentioned that BBL can appease the Moro people during the debate. Santiago has already declared BBL as unconstitutional. Binay during his True State of the Nation Address described the BBL as a symbol of the Aquino Administration’s inefficiency. Roxas has signed a covenant with the Civil Society Organizations to push for BBL in Congress once elected president.

To give the audiences better look at the presidential aspirants, the video of the last presidential in Luzon was shown.

Details on the presidential candidates’ attitudes, characters, relation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and their Associates were also discussed.

Iqbal, who also chairs the MILF Peace Panel, reiterated the Front’s “hands off policy” on the Philippine elections and said the organization does not stop its followers from exercising their right to vote.

He advised the audiences to make their critical and objective analysis to the candidates and weigh who deserve their vote.