KPI holds peace forum

Guindulungan, Maguindanao –- The Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) conducted a peace forum on September 3 with the theme “Understanding the Bangsamoro Peace Process and the Prospects of Federalism” in Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

Different organizations from the youth, academe and civil society along with community and religious leaders attended the peace forum.

KPI Executive Director Prof. Esmael  A. Abdula gave updates on MILF-GPH Peace Process. “The MILF and the GPH have appointed their Peace Implementing Panels tasked to facilitate the implementation of CAB,”he said.

He also said that the Duterte Administration wants to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before the Federal Government would be in place in the years to come to end the decades of Mindanao conflict.

“Bangsamoro people demand the immediate passage of the BBL as the reflection of their aspects of life before the federalization of the Philippine Constitution,” he emphasized.

Other speakers in the forum were Ustadz Noroddin Gadzali and Nasser Polindanao.

Gadzali related the history of caliphs and prophets on the acceptance and application of negotiation through Islamic perspective. “Negotiation is the best way of achieving the right to self-determination,” he said.

Polindanao explained the asymmetrical powers between the Bangsamoro Government and the Federal Government.

He said that there would be simultaneous push for BBL in Congress and Federalism through constitutional revision.

“There will be opportunities and challenges in the federalization of the Philippine Constitution,” he added.

“Federal Government is the best model of governance as we see in the federal countries of the world,” Polindao underscored.

Ali A. Noh, an active member of the Union of Overseas Bangsamoro based in Riyahd, said that “participating in the peace forum is very important because it gives an opportunity to people to share their ideas, opinions, perspectives and beliefs on the current peace process between the MILF and the Government of the Philippines.”