UBJP holds 2nd Assembly in Barira, Maguindanao

Barira,Maguindanao - The United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP - Barira), the political party of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held its second assembly at the former Mahad Bualan, Barira on December 8, 2017.  It was attended by about 200 party officials from the municipal down to the barangay level excluding non-members who listened attentively to the speakers. 

The welcome address was delivered by Barangay Captain and ABC President of Barira, Datu Edris T. Dimaraw, who was very thankful for having chosen his barangay as venue of the said assembly.

“The said assembly was graced by H. Abdullah Pacasum, member of the MILF-CC and also the Assistant Provincial Executive Officer of Maguindanao Province. 

He even lauded the leadership of Sultan Abubakar Tago, the Municipal Executive Officer of Barira town for hosting the 2nd Assembly. 

In recognition, he awarded Sultan Tago a certificate for being the most outstanding in the entire province. 

The Barira – UBJP has its Headquarters at Barangay Marang, where the first assembly was held last year. 

A regular monthly meeting is held at this office where the 14 Barangay Executive Officers are attending to discuss matters pertaining to the strengthening of the party.

Pacasum, most popularly known as Abu Ubaida advised the participants to be more patient and not to easily give up as we are now in the democratic process of our struggle which is why this party was organized. 

More challenges lies ahead but “with your strong determination and strong believe in the leadership of the MILF, in shaa Allah, nothing is impossible, we can set this party in motion at the very near future”, he said.

“Just continue strengthening” our party, your party, my party” he added.

On his part, Abu Asma, the Information Director of Iranun Province and also the party adviser delved on the Bangsamoro peace Process. 

He started citing the failure of the previous administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III who committed not to step down unless the Bangsamoro Government is established. Unfortunately, the 16th Congress failed to enact an enabling law called the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that would pave the way for the most awaited establishment of Bangsamoro Region.

“We are very fortunate today that our president His Excellency Rodrigo Roa Duterte is also a Mindanaoan and the only leader who admits the historical injustices committed to the Bangsamoro people, and nothing could appease them (Bangsamoro) except the passing of BBL”.

“Pres. Duterte had already signed the Executive Order reconstituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft anew a Bangsamaoro Law for enactment into law by congress”, Abu Asma added.

 “We are now very eager to hear the pronouncement of their names so that, they could start their role of drafting the new BBL, to catch up with the July 2017 target set under the peace roadmap”, Abu Asma continued.

Sheikh Ali Tago the Chairman of the Ulama Council of Barira LGU’s likened the party to a vessel that it is incumbent for the people to ride on so that they can reach their destination”…And as for myself, I will fully support this political party without reservation, he also said. 

Before the end of the program, certificates of appreciation were awarded to the concerned party members.

 A du’a or prayer was delivered by Ustad Saadodin Pitado.