USM PolSci Students hold Seminar on Contemporary Political Process

NORTH COTABATO– 4th Year Students of Bachelor of Art in Political Science of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) - Kabacan, Cotabato, held Seminar on Contemporary Political Process last December 10, 2016 at the College of Health Science-AVR, USM, Kabacan, Cotabato. 

The theme of the program is Federalism: “Unraveling the What Is and Not’s of a Possible Future Government” attended by about two hundred (200) students.

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula , Executive Director of KalilintadPeacbuilding Institute Inc. (KPI)and a member of the Steering Committee of Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) lectured on “Understanding the Bangsamoro Peace Process and the Prospect of Federalism”. He reminded the participants that the main agenda of the peace process is ‘How to solve the Bangsamoro Problem?’

“Peace process is one of the diplomatic means of achieving the Bangsamoros’ right to self-determination. The international community recognizes the MILF as Non-State Armed Actor that represents the Bangsamoro people.” Abdula said…

“Federalizing the Philippines is good for Bangsamoro if the BBL is passed first into law, but when a federal system is passed before the passage of the BBL, and then it would have a big impact to the Bangsamoro people,” Abdula stressed.

He also said that the Duterte’s Administration wants to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before a constitutional change from presidential to federal form of Government to end the decades of conflict in Mindanao.

“The Bangsamoro people demands the immediate passage of the BBL as the reflection of their identity as people with distinct culture, tradition and way of life as Muslims before shifting to a federal form of government”, Abdula emphasized

.Mr. Romel P. Nitafan lectured on Federalism‘s Stand on Democracy.