Orientation dialogue held in North Cotabato town

Another orientation dialogue on Federalism and Bangsamoro Basic Law was held in Dungguan, M’lang, North Cotabato on August 28, 2016 by the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (FBCSO) in partnership with North Cotabato Development Services Association (NOCODESA).

The dialogue was conducted to broaden people’s understanding on the current partnership of the government and MILF specifically in the way to educate people on their quest for right to self- determination (RSD).

“This event is an initiative made by FBCSO as part of support to build trust and confidence and would be strengthened by GPH and the MILF because of the propose Federalism by the present administration as well as the importance of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to the Bangsamoro people,”, explained Sheikh Moidjoddin Talusob, Secretary General of FBCSO, in his overview of the event.

Engr. Mohajirin Ali gave updates about the GPH-MILF Peace Implementing Panels’ meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August 13-14, 2016.

He encouraged participants to trust the leaders of Bangsamoro because of the challenges they overcome during the several talks on the issues they desire to settle. Engr. Ali also stressed that the government will also be committed to enact the enabling law for the Bangsamoro.

MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal discussed the “Federalism in the Realm of BBL”.  Firstly, he defined and described the Federal form of government. He reminded participants that the MILF is not opposing the so-called Federalism being planned by President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration but it should be better if the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be a template of Federalism.

Chairman Iqbal also stressed that the challenges faced by them during the height of negotiation with the government was part of their struggle to achieve lasting peace in the Bangsamoro. 

Ustadz Ebrahim Ali, former BTC commissioner and Chairman of the Committee of Da’wah of Central Committee of MILF, was also present. He emphasized that unity is a way to achieve freedom for the Bangsamoro.

Abdullah Salik, Jr, FBCSO president and Alih Anso also delivered messages as part of their commitment for being advocates to the people’s quest in Mindanao especially to the reality of the Bangsamoro Right to Self Determination (RSD).

Mr. Nas Pulindao, FBCSO Vice President, facilitated the input sharing in the last part of the program that gathered collective observations and perceptions of participants in defferent sectors of society. 

Akmad Agao of North Cotabato Development Services Association (NOCODESA) gave the closing remarks and thanked the 600 participants from different members’ organization of FBCSO. ####