FBCSO conducts another orientation dialogue on Federalism and BBL

Another orientation-dialogue on Federalism and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was conducted anew at Pidtaman Social Hall, Barangay Magatos, Kabacan, North Cotabato last October 9, 2016.

The program was attended by more than four hundred individuals who are supportive of the advocacy programs of the North Cotabato Development Services Agency, Inc. (NOCODESA) in partnership with the Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (FBCSO).

Datu Sambuto Pidtamanan, a community leader delivered the opening remarks while the welcome address was delivered by Datu Rex Pidtamanan, Barangay Chairman of Magatos. The Chairman of Halal Foods, Engr. Toto Laguialaot, acknowledged the participants.

Shiekh Abdulhadie Gumander of Homeland Media Agency (HMA) gave the Islamic perspective and expounded his deliberation on the wide understanding and moderation in action as guided by Islamic ways of life. He quoted, “And it would also be the people’s chance in achieving peace and unity in order to stay away from being extremist and fundamentalist”. 

A short message was given by Shiekh Mubarak Dumato, a staff member of FBCSO and HMA administrator.

Prof. Abdullah Salik, Jr. who led the group discussed about Federalism and the BBL. Jun Salik emphasized that countries with federal form of governments are way progressive than those that are not.  He stressed that the realization of the Bangsamoro would rely in the full implementation of the peace agreements most notably the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation front (MILF). 

Jun Salik underscored the enactment of congress of the original version BBL crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will implement the CAB. 

Mr. Nas Pulindao, FBCSO Deputy President gave updates on the Bangsamoro and their struggle. He pointed out that for one to become a true Mujahid, one must be a true Muslim, determine, sincere, physically and mentally strong. 

Pulindao explained that the peace agreements signed by the GPH and the MILF are the basis in enacting a law on the creation of the Bangsamoro.

 “The situation in the Bangsamoro homeland will not normalized unless an enabling law for the establishment of Bangsamoro Region is enacted”, Pulindao told the participants.

A similar orientation-dialogue on Federalism and BBL was also conducted in Barangay Elian, Datu Saudi, Maguindanao last October 2, 2016 participated by 487 individuals  with the presence of the Barangay Chair who supported the event. She welcomed the guests and participants representing various organizations.

Abdulaziz Kulodan, President of Bangsamoro Farmers and Relief Association (BAFRA) and Association of Qur-anic Teachers and Students gave the opening remarks.

The orientation-dialogue in Magatos, Kabacan and Elian, Datu Saudi encouraged the participants to give their support to the advocacy programs of FBCSO and other organizations and institutions to sustain the gains of the peace process as noted during the sharing of ideas between the participants and the resource speakers.