Sugoda Buayan Royal House holds consultation on Bangsamoro peace process

The Royal House of Sugoda Buayan held a consultation last Saturday (Nov 19) on the Bangsamoro peace process aimed to strengthen unity among the members of the royal house and the Muslim communities and elicit recommendations towards the realization of the Bangsamoro right to self-determination.

The activity entitled Consultative Assembly of Sugoda Buayan Traditional Leaders with the theme: Unity and Solidarity for Peace, was held at the covered court near oval plaza in General Santos City gathered more than two hundred participants from General Santos City and the provinces of South Cotabato, Saragani and municipality of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.

Lawyer Suharto Ambalodto briefed the audiences on the federal form of government which the Duterte administration mulls as the solution to decades long conflict in Mindanao.

The participants recalled how the Moro sultanates existed as free nations prior to the creation of the Philippine republic citing the important role of the sultanates in defending the land and its people against Spaniards.

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Field Director Shariah Lawyer Guialil Kanda said the Sultanates were the “pillars of the Bangsamoro.”

The participants cited the importance of consulting the sultanates in crafting the enabling law that will be lay down the foundation for the establishment of the desired Bangsamoro autonomous government.
Datu Mabaning Samama of the Royal House of Biwang said if the autonomous government will be established, it should be attuned to the Adet Betad of the Bangsamoro people. He also said how important support for the plans of the Duterte administration in finding lasting solution to Mindanao problem.

Sugoda Buayan Royal House Rajah Muda Marvin Ingkong urged the Muslim communities of Socsargen to strengthen unity and solidarity and continue the support to the Bangsamoro peace process.

Sultanate of Maguindanao Sultan Salem Mastura with members of the royal house graced the affair.

Bae Labi hanena Tito, Bae Labi sa Sugoda Buayan, said Malaysia can be a model for a federal system of government the country may adopt.