Consultation on Bangsamoro CSO leaders postponed following Davao city bombing

DAVAO CITY --The consultation with Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization leaders which was set on September 5-9 in this city is postponed by the organizer following the powerful explosion at the night market at Roxas boulevard last Friday evening that claimed lives of 14 innocent civilians and wounded more than sixty others.

In a text message for the participants, the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), the organizer of the consultation, said the safety of the guests and participants is “deemed of paramount importance,” hence the postponement was decided with the funder.

The proposed consultation would pool Bangsamoro CSO leaders working for peace and development of the Bangsamoro communities within and outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal is invited to speak on the MILF Perspective on the Proposed Peace and Development Roadmap on the Bangsamoro.

Moro National Liberation Front Spokesman lawyer Randolph Parcasio will speak the same topic but on the MNLF’s perspective while Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza will discuss the government’s perspective.

The Perspective for the Socio-Economic Development in the Bangsamoro under the Duterte Administration will be tackled by Secretary Luwalhati Antonino of the Mindanao Development Authority. 

Also expected to discuss about economy in the Bangsamoro is Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Executive Director Ustadz Mohammad S. Yacob. 

The BDA, economic arm of the MILF, is the agency that crafted the Bangsamoro Development Plan.

Federalism Theory and Practice will be tackled by Dr. Sukarno Tanggol with Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo who will speak about the challenges and opportunities of federalism in the Bangsamoro.

The participants will also share their insights and recommendations on the peace process through workshops.

CBCS will announce the new schedule of the consultation in the coming days.

The National Ulama Conference of the Philippines had already expressed condemnation whoever were behind the bombing. Davao Mayor Sarah Duterte said they will not be terrorized by the unfortunate incident.