SWC, POLCOM hold Peace Assembly

In the light of the peace building activities in sustaining the gains of the Moro political struggle, the Social Welfare Committee (SWC) and Political Committee (PolCom) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) jointly held peace assembly at Eastern Kutawato Islamic Institute on April 26, 2016.

“Let us be firm, strong, and determined in our support to the Moro political struggle towards right to self-determination”, Guialal Thor said.

“We will use our collective strength to preserve the gains of the peace process towards the attainment of our goal”, Thor said.

Ustadz Abusama Abad, Secondary Department Head of Datu Ibrahim Paglas Memorial College and member of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) Board of Trustees emphasized that Bangsamoro struggle is a collective responsibility.

‘’We must continuously fight for our rights to establish the Bangsamoro Region’’, Abad said.

Abdulaziz Talib, Administrative Officer of Eastern Kutawato Islamic Institute, said that the series of peace assemblies is aimed to inform the people about the status of Bangsamoro struggle.

“The non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not an obstacle in asserting our right to self-determination as it becomes a challenge for all of us to strengthen our efforts”, Talib added.

Esmael A. Abdula, Executive Director KPI and BLMI steering Committee Member, said the path to peace is continuing the democratic struggle towards the creation of a genuine Moro government based on Bangsamoro’s tradition, culture and religion.

“Despite the non-passage of the BBL due to various reasons, the international community supports the GPH-MILF peace process by urging the Philippine government to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by passing the BBL”.

“MILF leadership is just like a magnet. People are voluntarily mobilizing themselves to push forward the Bangsamoro democratic struggle”, Abdula stressed.

‘’Now the power lies in our hands. As forces of change, we will elect those who can help push for the passage of the BBL and make the Bangsamoro a reality not just a dream. Therefore, we will advance the political struggle to achieve our aspiration”, Abdula emphasized.

About six hundred participants attended the peace assembly.