ARMM to hold LGU summit to come up with position on proposed Bangsamoro 

The regional government of the Autonomous Region on Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will soon hold a Local Government Units (LGU) Summit to come up with a unified position on the proposed autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that will be established and will replace the ARMM should the enabling law be passed.

This was announced by ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman during the second day of the Bangsamoro CSO Leaders Consultation & Workshop on Mindanao Peace Process held at Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City on November 21-25, 2016.

Hataman was one of the speakers of the consultation who discussed the perspective and challenges in the ARMM under the present administration. 

He said they plan to talk with the leaders of Bangsamoro Fronts whoever are open and He said as the peace process move forward “we look ourselves as transition.”

Hataman related that the regional government conducted visioning exercises for the next few years of ARMM. “Peace is an important component of the visioning,” he said.

The regional governor related further that they look on narcopolitics, terrorism and kidnapping as threats.

As stipulated in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be passed by Philippine Congress which will lay down the foundation for the establishment of the autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the ARMM.

CAB is the peace accord signed by the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which aims to end the decades of conflict in southern Philippines.

Originally the MILF demanded for independent Bangsamoro state to attain self-determination of the Bangsamoro people but later on opted to settle on genuine autonomy.

When asked on his opinion to the creation of two autonomous political entities, Hataman said he favors only one Bangsamoro.

The ARMM LGU summit is tentatively set on November 30 to December 1. 

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society organized the consultation with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency. It was aimed to build solidarity and consensus among Moro leaders in pursuing lasting peace in Mindanao.