UPI Mayor Piang and Chairman Iqbal of MILF PIP sign Peace Covenant

Mayor Ramon A. Piang, Sr of Upi, Maguindanao and Chair Mohagher Iqbal of MILF Peace Implementing Panel led the covenant signing of Re - affirmation of Kinship and Promotion of Traditional Peace Pact held during the Forum on IP's Rights / Concerns in the Context of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on September 11, 2017 at the Municipal Gymnasium, Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao.

The forum was organized by the Confederated Descendants of Rajah Mamalu , Inc. ( C - DORM ) and Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization , Inc. ( FBCSO ) in coordination with LGU - UPI and Center for Human Dialogue-European Union (CHD-EU).     

The indigenous peoples of the Bangsamoro core area are divided in the assertion of their rights contained in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with the Islamized IP's supports in toto the provisions of the BBL, while some non - Islamized IP's are apprehensive in supporting the same unless the whole provisions of IPRA LAW is incorporated into the new BBL. 

But the BTC under the Chairmanship of Ghazali Jaafar remains firm in their argument that the issue had already been settled during the crafting of the new BBL and approved en banc by members of the Commission including the 2 IP Commissioners representing the GPH and MILF.

 In their covenant, the Descendants of Rajah Tabunaway and Rajah Mamalu pledged their support and commitment for the co - existence and harmonious relationship of MORO - IP regardless of political, cultural belief and faith.      

They said that the separation of the brothers Rajah Tabunaway and Rajah Mamalu Descendants was mere political and geographical which does not affect blood relationship as brothers instead it defines the socio - economic relationship which was embodied in their oral argument known as " SAFA ", taking into consideration the passage of times and events and its consequences and the recent mutual efforts undertaken by their descendants for the restoration of brotherhood.

The Descendants also manifested their full and unconditional support to the provision of the Bangsamoro Basic Law especially on the IP provisions.

They called on the House of Representatives for the immediate passage of the new BBL drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission as one way to address and to correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro People, including the IP’s..      

Mayor Ramon A. Piang Sr, an ethnic Te'duray and Chair Mohagher Iqbal , an ethnic Maguindanaoan are optimistic that the covenant reflects the aspirations of MORO - IP in the Bangsamoro Homeland.