BM-PUSH holds PressCon in support to BBL Passage

In a presscon held last July 18, Mindanao Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) expressed support the passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañng on Monday, July 17. “Support Lasting Peace, Pass BBL Now!”  The slogan of the Coalition of CSO’s Bangsamoro Platform for unity, solidarity and harmony (BM-PUSH) during its Press Conference conducted at Em Manor Convention Center in Cotabato City attended by members of tri-media media both local and national media outlets.

In a  Manifesto released by the BM-PUSH, they expressed their gladness and appreciation that the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) whose membership are composed of representatives from the MILF, MNLF, Christians and Indigenous People accomplished it mandated tasks of drafting an inclusive Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

BM-PUSH is organized by different organizations whose main goal is to support the GPH-MILF peace process. These organizations are the People’s Coalition for ARMM Reform and Transformation represented by Duma M. Mascud ,who is also the Chairperson of the BM-PUSH). Samad P. Macmod, represented Mindanao Alliance for Peace, Mendis A. Hussain – Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society, Nas Pulindao of Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (FBCSO), Evhoy B. Villaruel – Community Organizers Multiversity, Naima G. Pendi – Women’s Organizations Movement of the Bangsamoro and Dr. Ombra Imam of the League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO).

In the introductory messages, heads of organizations gave insights on the current situation particularly to the submission of the new draft BBL to the Office of President led by BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar.

In the first part of the PressCon Dr. Imam read their Manifesto.

Mr. Mascud in his response to the question raised by the media about the stands of CSO on the Martial Law declared by Duterte said that Martial Law declaration is the president’s discretion.

On the other hand, Dr. Imam supplemented the answers of Mr. Mascud and emphasized the importance of the passage of BBL. 

Samad P. Macmod for his part delved on the peace roadmap and the approaches that civil society organizations will take to support the smooth passage of the Bangsamoro Law.

Mr. Pulindao took note of the commitment of President Duterte for the passage of BBL and is optimistic of the possibility of the passage of the BBL under the present administration as he attributed the failure of BBL in the 16th Congress due to the Mamasapano fiasco.

The BM-PUSH also called on the respected members of both Houses of Congress of the Philippines to hasten the enactment of the proposed BBL in compliance with the Government of the Philippines (GPH)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed on March 27, 2014.

They also see and feel the brunt and effect of war now taking place in the Islamic City of Marawi, their conviction that the GPH-MILF shall pass through the path of real and everlasting peace envisioned under the new Bangsamoro Basic Law. 

They said that though the new BBL may not be a perfect law but it is the best alternative path to peace, progress and development in Mindanao. 

Since the proposed law is already in the hands of President Duterte they appealed to the president to certify it as an URGENT BILL so congress can fast tract its enactment.

The said PressCon was attended by different tri-media outlets.