FBCSO holds dialogue in Pikit town

Resource speakers from the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations, Inc. (FBCSO) conducted another orientation dialogue on federalism and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on September 25 at Ma’ahad Shemalliy Al-Islamie in Manaulanen, Pikit, North Cotabato.

Moder Solaiman Ali Badang welcomed the guests and participants. Zaed Amen gave the opening remarks which were followed by words of wisdom by Ust. Mubarak Dumato, a staff from FBCSO. He delivered some Islamic perception about the significance in wider understanding of parliament.

Moidjoddin Talusob of Kalilintad Development Foundation, Inc. (KDFI) advised the audience to be “initiated in advocating people’s aspiration in order to support the way that the GPH and MILF peace process could be realized.” 

Professor Abdullah Salik, Jr. gave the input on the advantages of Federalism and the BBL to the Bangamoro people. He compared the Federal form of government to the current unitary system of the Philippine government. He made an example that FBCSO was organized from different organizations which have their own laws and by-laws that follows. All of those have freedom to work their own interest and might be federated to each other into a common interest and will support the government and the MILF to achieve a real peace.

Prof. Salik also said that the Bangsamoro parliament is mentioned in the BBL that was crafted by the BTC but failed to be enact by the 16th Congress of the Philippines.

Mr. Nas Pulindao, Vice President of FBCSO, narrated the signed agreements of the Moro Fronts and the government from the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, the 1986 Jeddah Accord, the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) up to the 2014 GPH-MILF Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) as basis for the enactment of enabling law. He also said that the challenge ahead for the government is how to realize the implementation of signed agreements between the government and the MILF.

The input sharing followed and some participants from 1,288 individuals have asked some questions and clarifications about the current situation of the Bangsamoro as well as the meetings made by both GPH and MILF Peace Implementing Panels. It was facilitated by Thax Mosaid of Ligawasan Network Development (LAND) in partnership with FBCSO.

Also in attendance were Mr. Alih Anso of Advocacy for Peace in ARMM, Ustadza Zahara Zumbaga of Special Agency for Women Concern (SAWC) and thousand of  women and youth.