1.  The concerned DepEd Regional Offices are advised to provide immediate instruction to all public elementary schools under their jurisdiction to accept the Tahderiyyah completers in grade 1 this school year 2017 – 2018;

2.  The receiving elementary schools shall issue LRN to the Tahderiyyah completers;

3.  While current policies and guidelines on the PTO requirements are being reviewed and analyzed, in view of formulating policy standards for community-based learning centers in terms of PTO requirements, the concerned DepEd Regional Offices will issue provisional PTO to the Tahderiyyah centers for school year 2017 – 2018, provided that the following criteria will be complied with: 

a.  The DepEd recognized Tahderiyyah Curriculum is being used;

b.  The teachers are trained on the recognized Tahderiyyah Curriculum;

c.   The environment is safe and protective of children.

4.  BDA and UNICEF will ensure that these learning centers are existing and operational.

Upon issuance of the above-stated memorandum, BDA also released Memorandum Order No, 080- informing all Regional Managers and 1 Provincial Manager in Sulu of BDA to disseminate the information from DepEd re Memorandum DM-CI-2017-00154.

The TC are located under the jurisdiction of the following DepEd Schools Division, to wit: 

Division

Number of Tahderiyyah Centers

1.  Cotabato City Division

3

2.  Division of Maguindanao – 1

5

3.  Division of Maguindanao – 2

10

4.  Isulan Division

3

5.  Tacurong City Division

1

6.  Amas, Kidapawan Division

15

Grand Total Number of TC

37


As cited by Pinamaloy, “20 out of 37 TCs granted PTOs are initiatives of the RMO because only 17 TCs were covered by the project partnership of BDA with UNICEF that ended already last June 2017.”

When the project ended, we commit ourselves in behalf of BDA-Central Mindanao to render our maximum voluntarism to continue our services in order to help other TCs avail of the opportunity to apply for PTOs,” said Pinamaloy.

With regards to the 2 out of 37 TCs that were not yet granted school ID, PInamaloy also stated, “We are waiting for a time as to when it will be released by DepEd and still commit ourselves to exert follow-up efforts to the concerned Regional Office when deemed necessary.”  

When he was asked about other TCs that have not yet applied for PTO, he said, “Our maximum volunteerism is intact, and without reservation for our Tahderiyyah administrators so that we can assist them to apply for PTO.”

During his presentation, he also expressed his strong appreciation, and recognition to the management of 37 TCs granted PTOs for their efforts to improve their system of education through the Tahderiyyah curriculum.

“I congratulate all of them for the job well done with the hope, and solemn prayer that they will be modelled by the rest of other TCs,” said Pinamaloy.

Pinamaloy also expressed his thanks, and gratitude to the concerned DepEd School Divisions for their help that resulted to the release of PTOs, and School IDs at the same time expecting their kind consideration, and support to other TCs applying for PTOs. 

“I also thank the staff, and volunteers of Tahderiyyah program for their unified efforts leading to the achievement of ‘quality education of children of oppressed minority in Mindanao such as the Bangsamoro people.’”

He also thanked the partners, particularly the UNICEF for its help that serves as great contribution to the Bangsamoro, and finally the RMO, for its appropriate supervision along with the duration of project.

In his response, Shiekh Abdulrasheed Ambil, Regional Manager of BDA-Central Mindanao, thanked, and congratulated the staff of Tahderiyyah program for the successful accomplishment they achieved as a result of their unified utmost exertion in discharging their duties to deliver the responsibilities entrusted to them by the Agency.

 “The BDA implemented the Tahderiyyah program in 811 TC across Mindanao Out of 811 TC, 104 is under the direct responsibilities of BDA-Central Mindanao. With this 104 TC, only 37 were granted PTO. So, we have to work more, because the remaining 67 is far greater in number that still requires our voluntary service to assist for PTO application when they meet the agreed requirements. Let us be prepared for this concern. A concern that will mold the children of Bangsamoro for a promising future, God willing”, Ambil said.

“Finally, in behalf of BDA-Central Mindanao, We would like to extend our thanks, and gratitude to the Tarbiya Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for its active cooperation along with the project implementation; to the UNICEF with financial support from the Department of Foreign and Trade (DFAT) - Australia; and finally, to the Central Committee of MILF for its collective wisdom in approving the implementation of this development intervention in conflict affected areas in Mindanao,” Ambil concluded.  

 

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Ocampo,\nUndersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction, DepEd-Central Office. Among\nthese 37 TC, 35 of which were also granted School ID number.\u201d<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">The Memorandum DM-CI-2017-00154 was released in\nresponse to the issue facing the Tahderiyyah completers that they experienced\ndifficulty while enrolling in public elementary schools due to the absence of\nlearner reference number (LRN) as a result of having no. PTO of the 811\nTahderiyyah centers supported by BDA, and UNICEF.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">In particular, the Memorandum would like to\naddress the aforementioned issue in order to facilitate the enrollment of\nTahderiyyah completers in public elementary schools.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">Specifically, the memorandum contains the\nfollowing, to wit: &nbsp;<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:31.5pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;mso-list:\nl2 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:\n12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial\">1.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp; <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">The concerned DepEd\nRegional Offices are advised to provide immediate instruction to all public\nelementary schools under their jurisdiction to accept the Tahderiyyah\ncompleters in grade 1 this school year 2017 \u2013 2018;<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:31.5pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;mso-list:\nl2 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:\n12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial\">2.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp; <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">The receiving\nelementary schools shall issue LRN to the Tahderiyyah completers;<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:31.5pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;mso-list:\nl2 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:\n12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial\">3.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp; <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">While current policies\nand guidelines on the PTO requirements are being reviewed and analyzed, in view\nof formulating policy standards for community-based learning centers in terms\nof PTO requirements, the concerned DepEd Regional Offices will issue\nprovisional PTO to the Tahderiyyah centers for school year 2017 \u2013 2018,\nprovided that the following criteria will be complied with:&nbsp;<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:49.5pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;mso-list:\nl1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:.5in\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:\n12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial\">a.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp; <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">The DepEd recognized\nTahderiyyah Curriculum is being used;<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:49.5pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;mso-list:\nl1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:.5in\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:\n12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial\">b.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp; <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">The teachers are\ntrained on the recognized Tahderiyyah Curriculum;<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:49.5pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;mso-list:\nl1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:.5in\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:\n12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial\">c.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp;&nbsp;\n<\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">The\nenvironment is safe and protective of children.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:31.5pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;mso-list:\nl2 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:\n12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Arial\">4.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp; <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">BDA and UNICEF will\nensure that these learning centers are existing and operational.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">Upon\nissuance of the above-stated memorandum, BDA also released Memorandum Order No,\n080- informing all Regional Managers and 1 Provincial Manager in Sulu of BDA to\ndisseminate the information from DepEd re Memorandum DM-CI-2017-00154.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">The TC are located under the jurisdiction of\nthe following DepEd Schools Division, to wit:<\/span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;\">&nbsp;<\/span><\/p><table class=\"MsoTableGrid\" border=\"1\" cellspacing=\"0\" cellpadding=\"0\" style=\"margin-left: 27.9pt; border: none;\">\n <tbody><tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><b><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Division<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/b><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:\n solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><b><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Number of Tahderiyyah Centers<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/b><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n <tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:12.4pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;\n mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:\n Arial\">1.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp;\n <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Cotabato City Division<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border-top:none;border-left:\n none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">3<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n <tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:12.4pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;\n mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:\n Arial\">2.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp;\n <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Division of Maguindanao \u2013 1<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border-top:none;border-left:\n none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">5<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n <tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:12.4pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;\n mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:\n Arial\">3.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp;\n <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Division of Maguindanao \u2013 2 <o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border-top:none;border-left:\n none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">10<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n <tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:12.4pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;\n mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:\n Arial\">4.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp;\n <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Isulan Division<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border-top:none;border-left:\n none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">3<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n <tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:12.4pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;\n mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:\n Arial\">5.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp;\n <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Tacurong City Division<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border-top:none;border-left:\n none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">1<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n <tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:12.4pt;text-indent:-13.5pt;\n mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:\n Arial\">6.<span style=\"font-variant-numeric: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-stretch: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-family: \"Times New Roman\";\">&nbsp;\n <\/span><\/span><!--[endif]--><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Amas, Kidapawan Division<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border-top:none;border-left:\n none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">15<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n <tr>\n <td width=\"282\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:211.5pt;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n border-top:none;mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" style=\"margin-left:12.4pt;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><b><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">Grand Total Number of TC<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/b><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <td width=\"300\" valign=\"top\" style=\"width:225.0pt;border-top:none;border-left:\n none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-right:solid windowtext 1.0pt;\n mso-border-top-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;\n mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\">\n <p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\" align=\"center\" style=\"text-align:center;tab-stops:121.5pt\"><b><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;font-family:\n \"Arial\",sans-serif\">37<o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/b><\/p>\n <\/td>\n <\/tr>\n<\/tbody><\/table><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><br><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">As cited by Pinamaloy, \u201c20 out of 37 TCs\ngranted PTOs are initiatives of the RMO because only 17 TCs were covered by the\nproject partnership of BDA with UNICEF that ended already last June 2017.\u201d<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">When the project ended, we commit ourselves in\nbehalf of BDA-Central Mindanao to render our maximum voluntarism to continue\nour services in order to help other TCs avail of the opportunity to apply for PTOs,\u201d\nsaid Pinamaloy.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">With regards to the 2 out of 37 TCs that were\nnot yet granted school ID, PInamaloy also stated, \u201cWe are waiting for a time as\nto when it will be released by DepEd and still commit ourselves to exert\nfollow-up efforts to the concerned Regional Office when deemed necessary.\u201d&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">When he was asked about other TCs that have not\nyet applied for PTO, he said, \u201cOur maximum volunteerism is intact, and without\nreservation for our Tahderiyyah administrators so that we can assist them to\napply for PTO.\u201d<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">During his presentation, he also expressed his\nstrong appreciation, and recognition to the management of 37 TCs granted PTOs\nfor their efforts to improve their system of education through the Tahderiyyah\ncurriculum.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">\u201cI congratulate all of them for the job well\ndone with the hope, and solemn prayer that they will be modelled by the rest of\nother TCs,\u201d said Pinamaloy.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">Pinamaloy also expressed his thanks, and\ngratitude to the concerned DepEd School Divisions for their help that resulted\nto the release of PTOs, and School IDs at the same time expecting their kind\nconsideration, and support to other TCs applying for PTOs.&nbsp;<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">\u201cI also thank the staff, and volunteers of\nTahderiyyah program for their unified efforts leading to the achievement of \u2018quality\neducation of children of oppressed minority in Mindanao such as the Bangsamoro\npeople.\u2019\u201d<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">He also thanked the partners, particularly the\nUNICEF for its help that serves as great contribution to the Bangsamoro, and\nfinally the RMO, for its appropriate supervision along with the duration of\nproject.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">In his response, Shiekh Abdulrasheed Ambil,\nRegional Manager of BDA-Central Mindanao, thanked, and congratulated the staff\nof Tahderiyyah program for the successful accomplishment they achieved as a result\nof their unified utmost exertion in discharging their duties to deliver the\nresponsibilities entrusted to them by the Agency. <o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\"><o:p>&nbsp;<\/o:p><\/span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;\">\u201cThe BDA implemented the Tahderiyyah program in\n811 TC&nbsp;<\/span><span style=\"font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;\">across Mindanao Out of 811 TC, 104 is under the direct responsibilities\nof BDA-Central Mindanao. With this 104 TC, only 37 were granted PTO. So, we\nhave to work more, because the remaining 67 is far greater in number that still\nrequires our voluntary service to assist for PTO application when they meet the\nagreed requirements. Let us be prepared for this concern. A concern that will\nmold the children of Bangsamoro for a promising future, God willing\u201d, Ambil\nsaid.<\/span><\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\">\u201cFinally, in behalf of BDA-Central Mindanao, We\nwould like to extend our thanks, and gratitude to the Tarbiya Committee of the\nMoro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for its active cooperation along with the\nproject implementation; to the UNICEF with financial support from the Department\nof Foreign and Trade (DFAT) - Australia; and finally, to the Central Committee\nof MILF for its collective wisdom in approving the implementation of this\ndevelopment intervention in conflict affected areas in Mindanao,\u201d Ambil\nconcluded.&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p><\/o:p><\/span><\/p><p>\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n<\/p><p class=\"MsoNoSpacing\"><span style=\"font-size:12.0pt;\nfont-family:\"Arial\",sans-serif\"><o:p>&nbsp;<\/o:p><\/span><\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/1cc40cfaf524dc67135b99f9fda72e12.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"BDA-CenMin ComGroup, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.145.209.186","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"January","year":"2018","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1144\/over-30-tahderiyyah-centers-granted-pto-and-school-id","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/1cc40cfaf524dc67135b99f9fda72e12.jpg"} ) [43] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1145 [date] => January 04, 2018 [hits] => 80 [image_title] => BDA Top Officials Grace Quarterly Mobile Meeting of Development Catalysts [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => bda-top-officials-grace-quarterly-mobile-meeting-of-development-catalysts [image_sub_title] => BDA Top Officials Grace Quarterly Mobile Meeting of Development Catalysts [image_intro] =>

High Officials of Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) graced the Quarterly Mobile Meeting of Development Catalysts (DC) of BDA-Central Mindanao spearheaded by the Regional Management Office of BDA-Central Mindanao, in recognition of their continuing volunteerism in the pursuit of development intervention in the Bangsamoro. 

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The meeting was held on December 31, 2017 at Muamad Elementary School, Biniruan, Cotabato City hosted by Bandar Kutawato.

The attendance of said BDA officials was purposely to give significant recognition to the catalysts in their continuing volunteerism to help BDA sustains its development intervention in the Bangsamoro.

“The presence of Dr. Rizaldy Piang, Vice-Chairman of BDA; Dr. Mohammad Yacob, Executive Director of BDA; and, Professor Hashim Manticayan, Human Resource Development Division Head of BDA is so significant as it honors the DC’s continuing volunteerism,” said Shiekh Abdulrasheed Ambil, Regional Manager of BDA-Central Mindanao.

“They are the top leaders of BDA who graced the pool of DC organized, and capacitated by the Agency,” emphasized Ambil.

Our DC’s are the community-based volunteers at the same time, funders of BDA-Central Mindanao because aside from being busy in their voluntary field works, they are also spent their personal money for their official activities in case of financial shortage,” Ambil explained.

“Their firm commitment to volunteerism contributed a lot to sustain the operation of BDA-Central Mindanao in its development interventions even at the absence of foreign donor agencies,” Ambil further explained.

“The DC’s interventions in far-flung areas of Central Mindanao are anchored on the mantra of BDA-‘Building people who will build the nation’, while observing extra care to ensure that their activities are always in line with the mandates of agency – ‘to determine, lead and manage relief, rehabilitation and development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao,’ added Ambil.

In his speech, Dr. Rizaldy Piang made his humble commitment of financial support for the next mobile meeting of DCs in the first quarter of 2018.   

 “We appreciate this continuing activity – ‘the quarterly mobile meeting of DC,’ so we can meet often because this is how we can sustain the organization (BDA)”, Dr. Piang said.

Dr. Piang also shared insights about the importance of and continuous learning and personality development of DC along with the journey of BDA in response to the prevailing issues of ignorance, specifically the lack of knowledge, and understanding of Islam, as a complete way of life, and the cause of centuries-old struggle of Bangsamoro.

He also emphasized that whether or not there is foreign donor, BDA is always on the move in its development track to help the Bangsamoro, and other stakeholders in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.   

For his part, Dr. Yacob said, “This meeting is very important considering the fact that our development catalysts involved in this agency work with their utmost sincerity to help the Bangsamoro in good faith.”

Considering the formulation of plan of DC in this meeting for the coming first quarter of 2018, he also made mentioned of the importance of planning while reminiscing the 15 years of operation of BDA where DCs are involved along with the journey.

As a reminder to the DC and volunteers, Dr. Yacob said, “Our goal is to follow the teachings of Qur’an, and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) for a prosperous life.”

‘Because, Verily, Allah will not change the condition of people unless they change it themselves,” he added quoting the verse in the Qur’an.

During the meeting, Manticayan presented the proposed profiling of development catalysts of the agency.

In his presentation, the proposed profiling also served as updating of resume of DCs, and upgrading data banking of BDA.

Ambil expressed his thanks and gratitude to the top leaders of BDA for lending their time in order to be part of the activity.  

“With your presence and the wisdom, you shared with us as you graced this important activity, may Allah rewards you best in this world, and hereafter”, Ambil said. 


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Dr. Mohammad Yacob, Executive Director of BDA; and, Professor Hashim Manticayan, Human Resource Development Division Head of BDA is so significant as it honors the DC\u2019s continuing volunteerism,\u201d said Shiekh Abdulrasheed Ambil, Regional Manager of BDA-Central Mindanao.<\/p><p>\u201cThey are the top leaders of BDA who graced the pool of DC organized, and capacitated by the Agency,\u201d emphasized Ambil.<\/p><p>Our DC\u2019s are the community-based volunteers at the same time, funders of BDA-Central Mindanao because aside from being busy in their voluntary field works, they are also spent their personal money for their official activities in case of financial shortage,\u201d Ambil explained.<\/p><p>\u201cTheir firm commitment to volunteerism contributed a lot to sustain the operation of BDA-Central Mindanao in its development interventions even at the absence of foreign donor agencies,\u201d Ambil further explained.<\/p><p>\u201cThe DC\u2019s interventions in far-flung areas of Central Mindanao are anchored on the mantra of BDA-\u2018Building people who will build the nation\u2019, while observing extra care to ensure that their activities are always in line with the mandates of agency \u2013 \u2018to determine, lead and manage relief, rehabilitation and development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao,\u2019 added Ambil.<\/p><p>In his speech, Dr. Rizaldy Piang made his humble commitment of financial support for the next mobile meeting of DCs in the first quarter of 2018.&nbsp; &nbsp;<\/p><p>&nbsp;\u201cWe appreciate this continuing activity \u2013 \u2018the quarterly mobile meeting of DC,\u2019 so we can meet often because this is how we can sustain the organization (BDA)\u201d, Dr. Piang said.<\/p><p>Dr. Piang also shared insights about the importance of and continuous learning and personality development of DC along with the journey of BDA in response to the prevailing issues of ignorance, specifically the lack of knowledge, and understanding of Islam, as a complete way of life, and the cause of centuries-old struggle of Bangsamoro.<\/p><p>He also emphasized that whether or not there is foreign donor, BDA is always on the move in its development track to help the Bangsamoro, and other stakeholders in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.&nbsp; &nbsp;<\/p><p>For his part, Dr. Yacob said, \u201cThis meeting is very important considering the fact that our development catalysts involved in this agency work with their utmost sincerity to help the Bangsamoro in good faith.\u201d<\/p><p>Considering the formulation of plan of DC in this meeting for the coming first quarter of 2018, he also made mentioned of the importance of planning while reminiscing the 15 years of operation of BDA where DCs are involved along with the journey.<\/p><p>As a reminder to the DC and volunteers, Dr. Yacob said, \u201cOur goal is to follow the teachings of Qur\u2019an, and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) for a prosperous life.\u201d<\/p><p>\u2018Because, Verily, Allah will not change the condition of people unless they change it themselves,\u201d he added quoting the verse in the Qur\u2019an.<\/p><p>During the meeting, Manticayan presented the proposed profiling of development catalysts of the agency.<\/p><p>In his presentation, the proposed profiling also served as updating of resume of DCs, and upgrading data banking of BDA.<\/p><p>Ambil expressed his thanks and gratitude to the top leaders of BDA for lending their time in order to be part of the activity.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cWith your presence and the wisdom, you shared with us as you graced this important activity, may Allah rewards you best in this world, and hereafter\u201d, Ambil said.&nbsp;<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/ace9932f6aed78ef526b79c382b00680.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"BDA-CenMin ComGroup, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.145.209.186","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"January","year":"2018","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1145\/bda-top-officials-grace-quarterly-mobile-meeting-of-development-catalysts","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/ace9932f6aed78ef526b79c382b00680.jpg"} ) [44] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1142 [date] => January 03, 2018 [hits] => 2338 [image_title] => KPI Conducts Peace Forum in Rajah Buayan [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => kpi_conducts_peace_forum_in_rajah_buayan [image_sub_title] => KPI Conducts Peace Forum in Rajah Buayan [image_intro] =>

The Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) conducted a whole day peace forum on understanding the prospects of the new Bangsamoro Political Entity on January 2, 2018 at Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao. 

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Abdulaziz Talib, KPI staff explained the 21-year on-and-off negotiations between the Government of the Philippines,and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF).

“The Moro peace warriors has lengthy of patience in the diplomatic struggle”, Talib said.

Khairudin Anwar, one of the organizers said that it needs a series of peace forum for people to fully understand the significance of peace.

“Consultation with various stakeholders is one way of achieving inclusive peace”, Anwar added.

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, KPI President and BLMI Training Officer emotionally mentioned the Bangsamoro long lost freedom due to endless colonization, and tyranny by both foreign governments, and Filipino dispensations that led to the unity of the Moro people.

 “The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is correcting historical injustices committed against the Moro people leading to the formation of a Bangsamoro political entity”, Abdula said.

Abdula explained that the Bangsamoro legitimate struggle for right to self-determination is recognized by the international community.

“It is the sole responsibility of the Philippine government to pass the draft BBL into enabling law that will reflect Bangsamoro culture, belief, and tradition”, Abdula said further.

“Preserve and sustain the agreements”, Abdula quoted the present MILF Chairman Ebrahim Murad’s statement.

MILF Political Committee, women sector, MILF supporters, and sympathizers of Rajah Buayan municipality attended the peace forum.


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Abdula, KPI President and BLMI Training Officer emotionally mentioned the Bangsamoro long lost freedom due to endless colonization, and tyranny by both foreign governments, and Filipino dispensations that led to the unity of the Moro people.<\/p><p>&nbsp;\u201cThe proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is correcting historical injustices committed against the Moro people leading to the formation of a Bangsamoro political entity\u201d, Abdula said.<\/p><p>Abdula explained that the Bangsamoro legitimate struggle for right to self-determination is recognized by the international community.<\/p><p>\u201cIt is the sole responsibility of the Philippine government to pass the draft BBL into enabling law that will reflect Bangsamoro culture, belief, and tradition\u201d, Abdula said further.<\/p><p>\u201cPreserve and sustain the agreements\u201d, Abdula quoted the present MILF Chairman Ebrahim Murad\u2019s statement.<br><img class=\"img-responsive\" alt=\"\" title=\"\" data-rel=\"tooltip\" data-placement=\"top\" src=\"\nhttps:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/images\/cms\/VvP6Ws3.2BXP6.jpg\" style=\"width: 798px;\"><br><\/p><p>MILF Political Committee, women sector, MILF supporters, and sympathizers of Rajah Buayan municipality attended the peace forum.<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/4fecf063d8206e3696eba41f2af526bd.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Rayan El Mundo","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"49.148.46.230","ip_address_add":"49.148.46.230","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"2018-01-02 12:02:20","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"January","year":"2018","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1142\/kpi_conducts_peace_forum_in_rajah_buayan","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/4fecf063d8206e3696eba41f2af526bd.jpg"} ) [45] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1141 [date] => January 02, 2018 [hits] => 289 [image_title] => PAHRODF-ICSP 2 Scholars Plant Trees at BLMI Compound [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => pahrodf-icsp-2-scholars-plant-trees-at-blmi-compound [image_sub_title] => PAHRODF-ICSP 2 Scholars Plant Trees at BLMI Compound [image_intro] =>

SIMUAY, SULTAN KUDARAT, MAGUINDANAO- The Moro People are not just warriors or peace workers, but also environmentalists. This is a reality nowadays.

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Some Moro youth, and one migrant settler youth who were endorsed by the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) as scholars under the Australian Government funded Philippines-Australia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility for In-Country Scholarship Program 2 (PAHRODF-ICSP 2) planted edible fruits seedlings such as mango, durian, rambutan, cacao, and coconut on December 30, 2017 at BLMI-owned vacant lot in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. 

They also planted hardwood trees like Molave, Mahogany, and Acacia.  

“Trees can benefit us, and the next generation. They can be a source of charity where people, birds, and animals may eat their fruits, and tired people may rest under the shed of trees. They can help in the development of environment, and the community”, emphasized BLMI Executive Director Mahmod S. Ahmad.

“Planting more trees, and caring them continuously is the most effective way of preserving, and sustaining the environment”, said Norhamen Abdulkadir, ICSP 2 scholar. 

After planting trees, the scholars shared updates on the development of their thesis proposals, and REAPs about agriculture and economic sustainable development, ARMM health status, family planning in the Bangsamoro community, participatory governance, LGU participation in the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, social transformation strategy, sanitation in Islam, and Islamic Banking System incorporating co-ownership.

The BLMI endorsed scholars are presently enrolled in prominent universities in Mindanao, and in Metro Manila.

Ahmad told them that BLMI can be a channel to implement their re-entry action plan (REAP) in the community.

The REAP is a unique feature of the Australia Awards Scholarships and PAHRODF interventions in the Philippines. It is a mechanism that enables returning scholars and intervention participants to apply what they learned, implement better work processes, improve their organization’s effectiveness, and ultimately contribute to the development in the Philippines. The REAP outlines a change initiative in which learners will use their new or enhanced competencies to address a real problem or opportunity in their workplace. It is implemented within one or two years after a learning intervention and is monitored.

The REAP addresses the challenge of translating learning into tangible improvements in an organization. It bridges not only the gap between the classroom and the workplace but more importantly, it links the acquisition and use of competencies at the individual level to the achievement of organizational outcomes.

Australia Awards Scholarships is an international development scholarship scheme of the Australian government with the goal of developing leadership and building partnerships and enduring linkages between Australia and its partner developing countries including the Philippines. The program is designed to provide high-achieving Filipino development leaders with the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees in Australia’s premier academic institutions. In the Philippines, this is administered by the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through P Australia Awards Scholarships is an international development scholarship scheme of the Australian government with the goal of developing leadership and building partnerships and enduring linkages between Australia and its partner developing countries including the Philippines. The program is designed to provide high-achieving Filipino development leaders with the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees in Australia’s premier academic institutions. In the Philippines, this is administered by the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through PAHRODF.

The scholarships are open to individuals, from public or private sectors, planning to pursue studies in the following priority areas: basic education; social protection/welfare; peace and development; public financial management; disaster risk reduction and management; organizational development/human resource management and development; trade and economic development; foreign relations; governance; and, mining and mining-related fields.

The scholarships are open to individuals, from public or private sectors, planning to pursue studies in the following priority areas: basic education; social protection/welfare; peace and development; public financial management; disaster risk reduction and management; organisational development/human resource management and development; trade and economic development; foreign relations; governance; and, mining and mining-related fields.


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The Damakling Political Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) conducted a whole day Bangsamoro Assembly with the theme ‘’ Enjoin what is Right, and Forbid what is Wrong’’ on January 31, 2018 at S.K. Pendatun town in Maguindanao.

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Norudin Pendatun, Tunggol Barangay Chairman, said “This is very important event for us to understand the real situation of Bangsamoro agenda in Mindanao peace process.” 

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI), gave update on Bangsamoro Peace process and the status of Bangsamoro Basic Law 2017 drafted by the 21 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

“Understanding the Bangsamoro Peace Process and the status of BBL 2017 can level off peoples’ understanding on the current peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and manage peoples’ frustration”, Abdula said. 

“Addressing the Moro Historical Injustices is one way in achieving final, and long lasting solution of Mindanao problem”, Abdula emphasized.

“The Philippine Government should pass the BTC-drafted BBL to end decades armed hostilities in Mindanao, thereby creating the Bangsamoro Political Entity”, Abdula said.

Alimudin Ampatuan.  Chairman of Damakling Religious Sector, said ’’Brotherhood in Islam is the best brotherhood. Our brotherhood can play a vital role in supporting the passage of the BBL”.

Bayan Abas, Base Commander of 108th Base Command of MILF- BIAF, said “We are one of the peace agents who are preserving, and sustaining the gains of the peace process. Our collaborative efforts can contribute to the passage of the BBL.”

Community leaders, religious sector, MILF-BIAF senior and field commanders, and women sector attended the symposium.

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MAMASAPANO, MAGUINDANAO (January 01, 2018) – The Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) conducted a whole day peace forum on understanding, and prospects for the proposed new Bangsamoro Political Entity. 

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Khairudin Anwar, one of the organizers said that people’s participation in the peace process is the key to a successful political solution to the Mindanao armed conflict.

“It is important to accept an invitation of the other party to enter into peace negotiation in resolving conflict. Negotiation is a democratic way of conflict resolution”, added Anwar.

Abdulaziz Talib, KPI staff explained the stages of the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH), and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that started in 1997.

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, KPI President, and BLMI Training Officer emphasized that the “Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) is a political document signed by the GPH, and MILF Peace Panels purposely to the end decades of armed conflict in Mindanao. 

The Bangsamoro people aspires to have their own government that reflects their culture, belief, customs and traditions. 

Many international non-government organizations, and the international community recognize the MILF as a legitimate organization fighting for the right to self-determination of the Bangsamoro people, added Abdula.

Abdula said that CAB Compliant Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is the best solution to normalize Mindanao situation where the Bangsamoros suffered for a long time due to armed conflict.

“Passing the BBL as enabling law is a unitary responsibility of the Philippine government”, Abdula further said.

“The most civilized, and practical way of solving the Bangsamoro problem is through a negotiated political settlement”, Abdula quoting the late MILF founder Salamat Hashim.

The Chairwoman of the Mamasapano SWC suggested to KPI that there must be a continuous holding of peace forum to further enlighten the grassroots communities on the gains of the GPH-MILF Peace Process, and the status of the BBL as a way of managing peoples’ frustration.

Leaders, and representatives of the Social Welfare Committee, and women sector from the Barangays of Mamasapano, Maguindanao attended the peace forum.


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Negotiation is a democratic way of conflict resolution\u201d, added Anwar.<\/p><p>Abdulaziz Talib, KPI staff explained the stages of the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH), and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that started in 1997.<\/p><p>Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, KPI President, and BLMI Training Officer emphasized that the \u201cComprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) is a political document signed by the GPH, and MILF Peace Panels purposely to the end decades of armed conflict in Mindanao.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The Bangsamoro people aspires to have their own government that reflects their culture, belief, customs and traditions.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Many international non-government organizations, and the international community recognize the MILF as a legitimate organization fighting for the right to self-determination of the Bangsamoro people, added Abdula.<\/p><p>Abdula said that CAB Compliant Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is the best solution to normalize Mindanao situation where the Bangsamoros suffered for a long time due to armed conflict.<\/p><p>\u201cPassing the BBL as enabling law is a unitary responsibility of the Philippine government\u201d, Abdula further said.<\/p><p>\u201cThe most civilized, and practical way of solving the Bangsamoro problem is through a negotiated political settlement\u201d, Abdula quoting the late MILF founder Salamat Hashim.<\/p><p>The Chairwoman of the Mamasapano SWC suggested to KPI that there must be a continuous holding of peace forum to further enlighten the grassroots communities on the gains of the GPH-MILF Peace Process, and the status of the BBL as a way of managing peoples\u2019 frustration.<\/p><p><img class=\"img-responsive\" alt=\"\" title=\"\" data-rel=\"tooltip\" data-placement=\"top\" src=\"\nhttps:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/images\/cms\/ZLb0nF7VVhWtc.jpg\" style=\"width: 798px;\">Leaders, and representatives of the Social Welfare Committee, and women sector from the Barangays of Mamasapano, Maguindanao attended the peace forum.<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/f1ae2f0fb034ed7952436d6cef34cbc9.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Mujahid Alab, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.148.46.230","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"January","year":"2018","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1140\/kpi-conducts-peace-forum-in-mamasapano","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/f1ae2f0fb034ed7952436d6cef34cbc9.jpg"} ) [48] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1138 [date] => December 29, 2017 [hits] => 301 [image_title] => BLMI initiates Peace Dialogue with IPs from the Tri-Boundaries [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => blmi-initiates-peace-dialogue-with-ips-from-the-tri-boundaries [image_sub_title] => BLMI initiates Peace Dialogue with IPs from the Tri-Boundaries [image_intro] =>

COLUMBIO, SULTAN KUDARAT (December 28, 2017) ---- The Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) in coordination with the municipality of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, and the109th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front initiated a whole day dialogue between the MILF Peace Implementing Panel, and the B’laan tribe.

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Vice-Mayor Edwin Bermudez opened the dialogue, and Professor Esmael A. Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute and BLMI Training Officer, explained the rationale, mechanics, and aims of the peace dialogue. 

The tri-boundaries are composed of the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and North Cotabato where the indigenous peoples like the Moros are also concerned of finding lasting peace in Mindanao.

“The participation of indigenous peoples is very important to attain the lasting peace in Mindanao”, emphasized Amer Musali, Mayor of Colombio. 

“The unity of the Muslims, Christians, and indigenous peoples is the key for long lasting peace in Mindanao”, added Mayor Musali.

Mohager Iqbal, Chairman of the MILF PIP said “Our race is one that is originated from our ancestors Tabunaway, and Mamalu who were brothers. Our struggle is one for right to self-determination. From the start, we had been all part of the struggle. Therefore, we need to unite for the legitimate struggle, the Bangsamoro right to self-determination.”

“The new Bangsamoro Basic Law drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission addresses your rights, your custom and tradition and whatever faith you have or tribe. Most importantly, we must unite to gain long lasting peace in Mindanao”, Iqbal said.

“There is no peace without justice. The indigenous peoples will enjoy their rights through passing the BBL into enabling law by the Philippine Congress”, Iqbal further said.

Teduray Commissioner Temuay Melanio Ulama of Bangsamoro Transition Commission said “I am not representing the Teduray tribe in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, but I am representing all

indigenous peoples in entire Mindanao. The proposed new Bangsamoro Law is not only for Muslims, and indigenous peoples but for all people living in Mindanao”, Ulama said.

Hay‘atul Ulama Branch 6 Chairman Sheikh Abdulfatah Delna, one of the organizers of the peace dialogue, underscored “Let us revive the unity, and harmonious relationship of the Moros, and indigenous peoples before. So this time, let us further strengthen our relationship like our forefathers did before.”

Resource speakers from the MILF Peace Implementing Panel, Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the MILF leaders gave positive responses to the issues and concerns of the indigenous peoples. The dialogue is vital for the unity and solidarity in nation building. 

Satar Salip, Datu Ampan Mali, Datu Agustin Dabi, Usman Lanao, and Pastor Jonathan Tamles who were among the B’laan tribal leaders support the immediate passage of the new Bangsamoro Basic Law.

About 300 participants from the Blaan tribe including Bangsamoro Communication Network, military leaders of the 109th Base Command, BIAF-MILF, MILF Damakling Provincial Political Committee, and local government unit of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat attended the dialogue.


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Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute and BLMI Training Officer, explained the rationale, mechanics, and aims of the peace dialogue.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The tri-boundaries are composed of the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and North Cotabato where the indigenous peoples like the Moros are also concerned of finding lasting peace in Mindanao.<\/p><p>\u201cThe participation of indigenous peoples is very important to attain the lasting peace in Mindanao\u201d, emphasized Amer Musali, Mayor of Colombio.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThe unity of the Muslims, Christians, and indigenous peoples is the key for long lasting peace in Mindanao\u201d, added Mayor Musali.<\/p><p>Mohager Iqbal, Chairman of the MILF PIP said \u201cOur race is one that is originated from our ancestors Tabunaway, and Mamalu who were brothers. Our struggle is one for right to self-determination. From the start, we had been all part of the struggle. 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Political rivalry is seen behind the decade-old armed conflict in Pagalungan, not a ‘rido’ or family feud as reported by local police of Pagalungan, Maguindanao. The protagonists engaged anew in armed clash last December 15, 2017 in said town.

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At around 4:30am on said date, some 140 fully armed men attacked Barangay Inug-ug, Pagalungan, the stronghold of ABC President Mokamad Andoy.

The attackers used high powered/sophisticated automatic rifles, such as; M60 Machinegun, 60mm mortal, 50 Caliber Barrette Sniper, and M2O3 Grenade Launchers to the position of Andoy’s 13 armed men in an abandoned military bunker, reliable sources said.  

The skirmishes lasted for almost 10 hours resulting to the displacement of more than 700 families in three (3) affected Barangays of Inug-ug, Kudal and Bagoinged. The intense firefight subsided at around 4:00 in the afternoon when the IMT, CCCH members arrived, and pacified the leaders of the two (2) armed groups. 

The attackers suffered one (1) casualty with five wounded. No reported casualty on the other side, report said. 

The conflict between two distant relatives are utilizing their respective relatives in the two Moro Fronts without the sanction of the organizations. It seems the LGU’s, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are hapless, and hopeless on the endless political animosity amidst thousands of civilian victims who are forced to evacuate to safer places.

The conflict in Pagalungan needs immediate solution, and the armed forces, provincial, and regional officials, and the executive department should enter into the scene, otherwise it may prolong the sufferings, and agony of the civilian populace.

A local group of peace workers is calling the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte to cause the investigation of alleged direct involvement of some LGU’s in the armed conflict where public funds are diverted in sustaining the armed groups to sow terror in broad daylight to pursue their interest. 

The Municipality of Pagalungan is one of the oldest towns in Maguindanao. But if compared to the adjacent municipalities in North Cotabato, the municipality is obviously left behind for almost 50 years.  

For its part, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have already dispatched members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) who are encamped in the boundaries of two warring parties as a buffer zone.

The conflict started sometime in 2008 during the reign of the late mayor Norodin Matalam, son of the late Grand Oldman of Maguindanao. He then declared and promised in public that ABC President Andoy would be his running mate in coming election.  But it was not fulfilled, and the political division thus emerged, and aggravated when the late mayor Matalam nominated another person.

The decision so embarrassed Andoy, and due to his disappointment, he filed his candidacy for the position of municipal mayor opposing the late mayor Matalam in year 2013.  

The MILF leadership exerted all efforts to resolve the armed conflict but lasting solution to the rivalry is too elusive to realize. 

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The Union of Muslim Youth Organizations (UMYO) conducted We Love Jesus Peace Conference 2017 at  Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex,  ORG Compound, Cotabato City last December 23, 2017. The conference itself has a theme: “Understanding Islamic Concept of Loving Jesus (pbuh).” It was attended by more than 700 participants including Muslims and Non-Muslims respectively, which exceeded the capacity of the complex as a venue.

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Different topics were discussed by credible resource persons during the sessions. The resource persons during the morning session were Sheikh Abdulkahar Musa who discussed on “The Stories of Other Messengers”

 and Sheikh Eisa Javier who tackled about “What is the real Message of Jesus (PBUH)?” due to which one of the male participants have reverted to Islam. Everyone was delighted witnessing the moment.

The Mufti of Bangsamoro and current Chairman of Dar-al Ifta, Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan, was the solo speaker in the afternoon session. It has been very interesting since it was designed as a talk show set-up. Many questions were raised from audience especially about the rulings of Islam on the celebration of Christmas or participating in Christmas activities both intentionally or not.

The objective of this event is to enlighten all of the misconceptions of beliefs and practices committed by both Muslim and Non-Muslim respectively so that it will be cleared and rectified to their mind sets as a source of harmonious co- existence towards peaceful environment.

The event was made possible through the cooperation, and support of 19 Muslim youth organizations comprising the Union which include: Jumeyyatul Huffaz bil Filibeen Inc., Association of Young Muslim Professionals (AYMP), Al-Jalis As-Salih, Inc. - Cotabato Chapter (AAI), Anfal Brothers, Nuroshabab Organization Al-Islamie, Youth Islamic Propagators’ Association (YIPA), Muslim Youth Religious Organization (MYRO-Cotabato), Muslim Students Organization - MSU Maguindanao, Kutawato City Arabic Students Association (KCASA), Muslim Student Association - CCSPC, Mindanao People Da’wah Association (MPDA), Tableegh Al-Resalah Organization (TRO), Muslim Youth Society (MYS), Dynamic Youth Movement Assembly in Mindanao Inc. (DYMAMin), Youth Peace Propagators Association (YPPA), Muslim Youth Brotherhood (MYB), United Youth of the Philippines (UNYPhil Cotabato City Chapter), Muslim Women Association for Hegemony (MWAH), and Jum’iatul Tilmizaat Organization (JTO).

The event was concluded successfully in partnership with the Mercy Islamic Center, Mensahe TV, ARMM Regional Government, Voice FM 99.0, Tabun Halal Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Dar-al Ifta Bangsamoro.


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Cotabato City. (December 23, 2017) - The 2nd MILF - IP Leaders Dialogue for Peace in the Bangsamoro was held at Em Manor Hotel on November 29 - 30, 2017.

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The dialogue is a platform aimed at having a better understanding of issues besetting the Moro - IP relationship.

The said activity was conducted by the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) thru the Facility for Advisory Support for Transition Capacities (FASTRAC) that provides support for an inclusive peace process, and the establishment of the  Bangsamoro entity in Southern Philippines.

The dialogue was attended by the Chair of MILF Peace Implementing Panel Mohagher Iqbal as resource person on the history of the Bangsamoro. He included the narratives of the Moro opposition to the inclusion of Moro Homeland to the Philippines, viz a viz : Petition  of Sulu Moros in 1921; Zamboanga Declaration on February 1 , 1924 ; Dansalan ( Marawi) in 1935 ; The repressive government policies on Moro - IP's;  ( e.g. creation of colonies, and settlements of migrants from Luzon, and the Visayas,  Land laws, etc.  ), and the " Minoritization " of the Moros. 

Commissioner Timuay Melanio Ulama of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, a full blooded Te'duray reiterated his unconditional support to the peace process called for the unity of all IP's in the Bangsamoro core area. 

Another Te'duray leader, Timuay Alim Bandara of Timuay Justice and Governance committed to support the Bangsamoro aspiration, and called for the recognition of IP governance within the context of Bangsamoro entity. 

On the part of the civil society organization,  Abdullah P. Salik Jr. , former  Vice Mayor of Upi,  Maguindanao, and now the President of the Federation  of the Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations, Inc. (FBCSO), one of invited participants move for the creation, and institutionalization of the MORO - IP Coordination Committee as one of the component of peace process, and as a platform for a better understanding, and strengthening of their relationships as a fora on the issues confronting them for the establishment of the Bangsamoro government. 

Timuay Gumbalia Gunsi, an Upi Te'duray leader, and a retired DILG official seconded the motion, and the participants agreed among themselves to submit their recommendations to the Chairman of MILF Peace Implementing Panel Mohagher Iqbal for the creation and designation of Moro - IP Leaders to compose the committee. 

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He included the narratives of the Moro opposition to the inclusion of Moro Homeland to the Philippines, viz a viz : Petition&nbsp; of Sulu Moros in 1921; Zamboanga Declaration on February 1 , 1924 ; Dansalan ( Marawi) in 1935 ; The repressive government policies on Moro - IP's;&nbsp; ( e.g. creation of colonies, and settlements of migrants from Luzon, and the Visayas,&nbsp; Land laws, etc.&nbsp; ), and the \" Minoritization \" of the Moros.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Commissioner Timuay Melanio Ulama of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, a full blooded Te'duray reiterated his unconditional support to the peace process called for the unity of all IP's in the Bangsamoro core area.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Another Te'duray leader, Timuay Alim Bandara of Timuay Justice and Governance committed to support the Bangsamoro aspiration, and called for the recognition of IP governance within the context of Bangsamoro entity.&nbsp;<\/p><p>On the part of the civil society organization,&nbsp; Abdullah P. 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Cotabato City - Bangsamoro leaders on Wednesday gathered here in protest, and as a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people against US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's new capital.

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In a ‘’Bangsamoro Forum on Jerusalem Issue” organized by Bangsamoro Action Against Injustices (BAAI) in Cotabato City on December 20, 2017, about 188 Bangsamoro leaders representing various organizations attended the event. 

BAAI is a conglomeration of multi-sectoral organizations most of them ulama/ learned Muslims sympathetic to the cause of the Palestinian People.

In an opening statement by Nomaire Bin Hussen, Chairman of BAAI, he said that “Muslim world has once again been provoked. According to him, the malicious recognition of East Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel by Pres. Donald Trump of the United States is an insult not only to the Palestinian people but to the Muslim “Ummah” (Nation), and the International community. 

“It is a blatant disrespect, and disregard to the Palestinians traditional right over the city, and major religions that hold East Jerusalem sacred”, the BAAI Chairman said. 

Ustadz Marhan Burhan, Head of a Cotabato-based Da’wah Council (Islamic Call) said, “This is a big issue for 1.8 billion Muslim Ummah around the world.

Masjidil-Aqsa, situated in East Jerusalem, is the third holiest place in Islam after Masjidil-Haram in Makkah, and the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah. Masjidil Aqsa was the first Qiblah of the Muslims, and   it was the destination of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) during his isra (night journey) before his mi’raj (Ascension) towards heaven.” Ustadz Burhan said in his lecture.

Meanwhile, BAAI spokesman Usatdz Habib M. Usman, provided inputs on the Political and Theological Implications of Jerusalem Declaration. “It violates the UN Resolutions No. 181 of 1948 which is the so called “UN Partition plan of Palestine. It has also violated the 1993 peace agreement or the Oslo agreement; violates the verdict of International Court of Justice. 

It prevents the Palestinians from achieving their rights to self determination.  He also said that the declaration deprives refugees their rights to return to their homeland; increasing the historical injustices committed to the Palestinian people by Israel, and the U.S. that will encourage more violent extremism”. Ustadz Usman stressed.  

Dr. Zul-Qarneyn Abas gave inputs on the Essentials of Sympathizing with the Palestinian people on the issue of statehood, and the issue of Jerusalem. In his lecture, he emphasized “the issue of Palestine in general, and East Jerusalem in particular, extends beyond religious symbolism towards justice, and self-determination. 

“History witnessed the Zionist people occupying Palestine, grabbing Palestinian lands, subjugating, and oppressing their people including old folks, women and children”, Dr. Abas added.  

“The United Nations has been proven inutile in stopping these atrocities, and Israel has acted with impunity, Dr. Abas also added. The Israeli government has constructed illegal settlements meant to dispossess the Palestinians of their lands, conducted warrantless arrests, incarceration, and torture of innocent civilians, economic blockade of the Palestinian territories, and many others”, Dr. Abas said. 

“To say that Israel has committed human rights abuses is understatement for it has committed crimes against humanity. It has upgraded itself from being a rogue state to being a prime example of a living terrorist state”. Dr, Abas stressed.

“Boycott US and Israel products”

In an open forum, a very emotional lady participant made a strong recommendation to the group not to patronize products from US, and Israel as a response to US President decision. It was supported by another participant that even asked the BAAI to make a Fatwa that prohibits the Muslims to buy any products from these two countries. 

Other recommendations such as reach out to other groups, and sectors including Christians to strengthen the indignation in protest of such declaration. Writing a formal letter or manifesto to be submitted to US, and Israel embassy in Manila was also suggested during the forum. 

‘Manifesto’

At culmination of the forum, Dr. Ombra Imam read the Manifesto as expression of the group’s sympathy, and solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle to reclaim their land, and their rights to self-determination. 

“As a people whose lands were illegally occupied, who lived under subjugation for more than three centuries, and who are asserting their rights to self-determination, we the concerned Bangsamoro leaders denounce this move by US President Trump in the strongest terms possible, and call on him to reverse his move. 

We call on all countries in the world to stop the terrorism of the Zionists, and their allies against the Palestinian people by all means possible. We strongly support the initiatives and actions of the world leaders regarding this issue. Moreover, we call on the entire Muslim Ummah to unite, preserve and protect the Holy site, our beloved Baitul-Maqdis, which Zionists are so keen on destroying through whatever means possible. This is a duty incumbent upon us; a duty that needs to be upheld for a day may come when we may be made answerable before Allah, the Almighty.” Part of the group’s Manifesto said.

‘Youth Picket’

While the forum is ongoing, a group of Moro youth staged a picket along Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City to expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people.

"Men and women, carrying placards, and banners condemned the US President move.  

Protesters called for a resolution of the conflict, and vowed to continue legal actions for the cause of the Palestinian people..

On December 13, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of Turkey hosted an extraordinary summit in Istanbul for the 57-strong Organization for Islamic Cooperation, during which he called Trump's move "dangerous" and labelled Israel a "terrorist state".

Trump's announcement overturned decades of US policy, and a long-standing international consensus, that the fate of Jerusalem be decided as part of a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians.

Israeli and Palestinian claims to the city's eastern sector form the core of their conflict, and Trump's announcement was seen as siding with the Israelis.

In Jakarta, Anwar Abbas, a top scholar from the Indonesian Council of Ulama, read a petition calling on Indonesians to stop buying American products until Trump revoked his move.

"Don't rely on their products," he said, as the crowd - including men, women and children - responded by waving Indonesian, and Palestinian Flags and shouting "boycott!"

Previous anti-American protests have unsuccessfully lobbied for a boycott of US goods.

Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said the protesters marched peacefully about 3km from the National Monument Park to the US embassy.

Some local media reported that the demonstration was attended by a big number of participants.  About 20,000 security forces were deployed to secure the rally.

In the petition, the leaders, and scholars urged Trump to immediately rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital because it has hurt international justice, violated Palestinians' human rights, and undermined peace efforts.

It also demanded nations not follow the US in moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and urged the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session to discuss Trump's declaration. 

As of posting, U.N. Security Council in a meeting voted on the issue of Jerusalem with 14 members rejecting Trump’s decision, while the U.S. voted against the resolution. 

The chairman of the Muslim leaders' council, Ma'ruf Amin, said: "Let's fight together with the government, and the world for the freedom of Palestine through political, diplomatic and economic ways."

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has strongly condemned Trump's move as a violation of UN resolutions.

Indonesia does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, and has long been a strong supporter of Palestinian aspirations for statehood.

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According to him, the malicious recognition of East Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel by Pres. Donald Trump of the United States is an insult not only to the Palestinian people but to the Muslim \u201cUmmah\u201d (Nation), and the International community.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cIt is a blatant disrespect, and disregard to the Palestinians traditional right over the city, and major religions that hold East Jerusalem sacred\u201d, the BAAI Chairman said.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Ustadz Marhan Burhan, Head of a Cotabato-based Da\u2019wah Council (Islamic Call) said, \u201cThis is a big issue for 1.8 billion Muslim Ummah around the world.<\/p><p>Masjidil-Aqsa, situated in East Jerusalem, is the third holiest place in Islam after Masjidil-Haram in Makkah, and the Prophet\u2019s Masjid in Madinah. Masjidil Aqsa was the first Qiblah of the Muslims, and&nbsp; &nbsp;it was the destination of our beloved Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) during his isra (night journey) before his mi\u2019raj (Ascension) towards heaven.\u201d Ustadz Burhan said in his lecture.<\/p><p>Meanwhile, BAAI spokesman Usatdz Habib M. Usman, provided inputs on the Political and Theological Implications of Jerusalem Declaration. \u201cIt violates the UN Resolutions No. 181 of 1948 which is the so called \u201cUN Partition plan of Palestine. It has also violated the 1993 peace agreement or the Oslo agreement; violates the verdict of International Court of Justice.&nbsp;<\/p><p>It prevents the Palestinians from achieving their rights to self determination.&nbsp; He also said that the declaration deprives refugees their rights to return to their homeland; increasing the historical injustices committed to the Palestinian people by Israel, and the U.S. that will encourage more violent extremism\u201d. Ustadz Usman stressed.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>Dr. Zul-Qarneyn Abas gave inputs on the Essentials of Sympathizing with the Palestinian people on the issue of statehood, and the issue of Jerusalem. In his lecture, he emphasized \u201cthe issue of Palestine in general, and East Jerusalem in particular, extends beyond religious symbolism towards justice, and self-determination.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cHistory witnessed the Zionist people occupying Palestine, grabbing Palestinian lands, subjugating, and oppressing their people including old folks, women and children\u201d, Dr. Abas added.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThe United Nations has been proven inutile in stopping these atrocities, and Israel has acted with impunity, Dr. Abas also added. The Israeli government has constructed illegal settlements meant to dispossess the Palestinians of their lands, conducted warrantless arrests, incarceration, and torture of innocent civilians, economic blockade of the Palestinian territories, and many others\u201d, Dr. Abas said.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cTo say that Israel has committed human rights abuses is understatement for it has committed crimes against humanity. It has upgraded itself from being a rogue state to being a prime example of a living terrorist state\u201d. Dr, Abas stressed.<\/p><p>\u201cBoycott US and Israel products\u201d<\/p><p>In an open forum, a very emotional lady participant made a strong recommendation to the group not to patronize products from US, and Israel as a response to US President decision. It was supported by another participant that even asked the BAAI to make a Fatwa that prohibits the Muslims to buy any products from these two countries.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Other recommendations such as reach out to other groups, and sectors including Christians to strengthen the indignation in protest of such declaration. Writing a formal letter or manifesto to be submitted to US, and Israel embassy in Manila was also suggested during the forum.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u2018Manifesto\u2019<\/p><p>At culmination of the forum, Dr. Ombra Imam read the Manifesto as expression of the group\u2019s sympathy, and solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle to reclaim their land, and their rights to self-determination.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cAs a people whose lands were illegally occupied, who lived under subjugation for more than three centuries, and who are asserting their rights to self-determination, we the concerned Bangsamoro leaders denounce this move by US President Trump in the strongest terms possible, and call on him to reverse his move.&nbsp;<\/p><p>We call on all countries in the world to stop the terrorism of the Zionists, and their allies against the Palestinian people by all means possible. We strongly support the initiatives and actions of the world leaders regarding this issue. Moreover, we call on the entire Muslim Ummah to unite, preserve and protect the Holy site, our beloved Baitul-Maqdis, which Zionists are so keen on destroying through whatever means possible. This is a duty incumbent upon us; a duty that needs to be upheld for a day may come when we may be made answerable before Allah, the Almighty.\u201d Part of the group\u2019s Manifesto said.<\/p><p>\u2018Youth Picket\u2019<\/p><p>While the forum is ongoing, a group of Moro youth staged a picket along Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City to expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian people.<\/p><p>\"Men and women, carrying placards, and banners condemned the US President move.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>Protesters called for a resolution of the conflict, and vowed to continue legal actions for the cause of the Palestinian people..<\/p><p>On December 13, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of Turkey hosted an extraordinary summit in Istanbul for the 57-strong Organization for Islamic Cooperation, during which he called Trump's move \"dangerous\" and labelled Israel a \"terrorist state\".<\/p><p>Trump's announcement overturned decades of US policy, and a long-standing international consensus, that the fate of Jerusalem be decided as part of a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians.<\/p><p>Israeli and Palestinian claims to the city's eastern sector form the core of their conflict, and Trump's announcement was seen as siding with the Israelis.<\/p><p>In Jakarta, Anwar Abbas, a top scholar from the Indonesian Council of Ulama, read a petition calling on Indonesians to stop buying American products until Trump revoked his move.<\/p><p>\"Don't rely on their products,\" he said, as the crowd - including men, women and children - responded by waving Indonesian, and Palestinian Flags and shouting \"boycott!\"<\/p><p>Previous anti-American protests have unsuccessfully lobbied for a boycott of US goods.<\/p><p>Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono said the protesters marched peacefully about 3km from the National Monument Park to the US embassy.<\/p><p>Some local media reported that the demonstration was attended by a big number of participants.&nbsp; About 20,000 security forces were deployed to secure the rally.<\/p><p>In the petition, the leaders, and scholars urged Trump to immediately rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital because it has hurt international justice, violated Palestinians' human rights, and undermined peace efforts.<\/p><p>It also demanded nations not follow the US in moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and urged the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session to discuss Trump's declaration.&nbsp;<\/p><p>As of posting, U.N. Security Council in a meeting voted on the issue of Jerusalem with 14 members rejecting Trump\u2019s decision, while the U.S. voted against the resolution.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The chairman of the Muslim leaders' council, Ma'ruf Amin, said: \"Let's fight together with the government, and the world for the freedom of Palestine through political, diplomatic and economic ways.\"<\/p><p>Indonesian President Joko \"Jokowi\" Widodo has strongly condemned Trump's move as a violation of UN resolutions.<\/p><p>Indonesia does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, and has long been a strong supporter of Palestinian aspirations for statehood.<img class=\"img-responsive\" alt=\"\" title=\"\" data-rel=\"tooltip\" data-placement=\"top\" src=\"\nhttps:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/images\/cms\/QUEWFSuZEZVEA.jpg\" style=\"width: 702px;\"><\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/60701a37380c185a8b55148a76f16af7.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Abdulaziz Bin Hasim, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"122.53.63.160","ip_address_add":"49.148.46.230","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"2017-12-22 22:12:01","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"December","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1129\/bangsamoro_leaders_gather_in_protest_against_us_president_trump___s_recognition_of_jerusalem_as_israel___s_capital","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/60701a37380c185a8b55148a76f16af7.jpg"} ) [53] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1130 [date] => December 22, 2017 [hits] => 139 [image_title] => “US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital an insult to Muslim Ummah”: BAAI [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => ___us_president_trump___s_recognition_of_jerusalem_as_israel___s_capital_an_insult_to_muslim_ummah_____baai_ [image_sub_title] => “US President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital an insult to Muslim Ummah”: BAAI [image_intro] =>

COTABATO City - The Bangsamoro Action Against Injustices (BAAI) on Wednesday organized a group of Bangsamoro Leaders in a forum here in Cotabato City to discuss East Jerusalem, and its implications to Muslim world as US President Donald Trump declared the city as the new Israel’s capital.

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In a manifesto issued at the culmination of the activity said that the “The malicious recognition of Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel by the United States President Donald Trump, is an insult not only to the Palestinian People but to the Muslim Ummah.”

“This recent act of transgression is in itself a declaration of the utter disrespect and disregard to human rights the American president has towards the Palestinian people and the major religions who hold Jerusalem sacred.  This is a violation of international resolutions on the legitimacy and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people,” it added.   

The Bangsamoro Action Against Injustices, a conglomeration of multi-sectoral organizations also declared their sympathy to the cause of the Palestinian People. 

Dr. Ombra Imam read the manifesto of the BAII, he said: “This group is one with the Palestinian people in their struggle to reclaim their land and to their right to self- determination.  As a people who have also lost their lands, who have lived under subjugation for more than three centuries and who are asserting their right towards self-determination, we the concerned Bangsamoro people denounce this move by President Trump in the strongest terms possible and call on him to reverse this move.”

The group had called all countries in the world to stop the terrorism of the Zionists, and their allies against the Palestinian people by any or all means possible.  

(click and read the full manifesto of the Bangsamoro Actions Against Injustices here)

During the forum numerous youth holding placards held a picket along Sinsuat Avenue in front of the Las Hermanas where the forum is being held denouncing the decision of Pres. trump.

Among the contents of the placards are: “Save the Masjidil Aqsa from Israel illegal occupation.” “Stop Terrorizing the Palestinian people”, “We condemn Pres. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Capital of Israel.”

The Masjidil-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, this is the third holiest place in Islam after Masjidil-Haram in Makkah, and the Masjidin Nabawi in Madinah.  

Meanwhile, Ustadz Habib Usman, spokesperson of the group said that the delegates were committed to continue their actions against any form of injustices. 

“When the Bangsamoro masses heard about this activity, we receive an information from other peace groups that they are willing to join our cause,” Usman said. He disclosed that they will soon hold a mass mobilization based on the recommendation of the delegates that attended the event.

Recently, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in response to the global call to reject the decision of President Trump on the Jerusalem have declared that Jerusalem is part of the Palestine, while U.S. allies also joined in condemning the U.S. unilateral action.


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A large number of civil society organizations consisting of networks of people's organizations, non-governmental organizations, peace advocacy groups of IPs,and religious groups, labors, academe, and other sectors, are united in calling for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by congress. 

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This has been the summary of the manifestos submitted to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) during the Bangsamoro Assembly held at the old Maguindanao Provincial Capitol at, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last November 26-27, 2017 where President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was the guest of honor. 

At least 67 CSOs submitted their respective statements asking President Duterte to urge the House of Representatives (HOR) to pass BBL into law. When approved in congress, BBL shall serve as the legal basis in the establishment of the Bangsamoro government. 

"To sustain the gains of all peace processes between different Moro groups, and the Government of the Philippines, there is a need for the immediate enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law which is consistent with the signed agreements," reads the consolidated manifesto in support of the enactment of BBL. 

These networks of CSOs are mostly based in mainland Mindanao, and the Island provinces with some few based in Manila, and in the Middle East with members who attended said two-day assembly.

According to the organizers, and based on the registration records, about 1.2 million participants attended the Bangsamoro Assembly. The event was convened in compliance with E.O. No. 8 issued by President Duterte last November 7, 2017 that mandated the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to "convene an inclusive Bangsamoro Assembly as a consultative body to discuss the proposed BBL.” 

Speaking during the event, President Duterte reiterated his policy on "correcting the historical injustices committed against the Moro people" at one hand, and the "preservation of the state" on the other hand.  In that connection, his administration has been supportive of the peace process. He even said that he will  asked congress to hold for a "special session" to tackle the proposed BBL.

Accordingly, said special session shall be held on the early months next year before congress adjourns on late March, 2018. 

Press Secretary Harry Roque told media during the assembly that President Duterte supports the passage of the BBL. Asked about the timeline, Roque told that it shall be determined by congress.

The Philippine Star however reported lately that congressmen said "there is no more need to hold a special session to tackle the BBL." Instead, "they could pass the bill upon the initiative of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez," said the national daily reported.

House majority leader Rodolfo Farinas is also quoted to have said that Speaker Alvarez said Congress shall pass the BBL on   March 21 next year. In another occasion, however, former House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said that both senate, and congress shall pass the BBL by June 11 in 2018. 

Recalling that the BBL of the expanded BTC version was certified urgent by President Duterte late September, this year, together with the tax reform bill. 

Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim, MILF Chairman, said during the Bangsamoro Assembly: "We push for the enactment of BBL because we firmly believe it is the right thing to do." 

Related thereto, it is important to note that BBL has been receiving popular support. 

"We came to the assembly to register our full support to the BBL, as the more appropriate political solution to the Bangsamoro issue," MNLF Chairman Yusoph Jikiri said during the Bangsamoro Assembly. The current BTC version is based upon the "principle of convergence or harmonization" of the MNLF and MILF peace agreements with the GPH.

Likewise, Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo OMI DD also expressed the same support to the BBL. "I strongly support the inclusive BBL that was drafted by the expanded BTC as it answers the centuries-old aspirations of the Bangsamoro for self-determination, and addresses the historical injustices against the Bangsamoro," he further said.

Timuay Melanio Ulama, an IP BTC commissioner, delivering his speech in Filipino, also manifested his support to BBL as it showcases the unity of the Bangsamoro, and that it's immediate passage into law shall fulfill the age-old aspiration of the Mindanaoans for peace with justice, dignity and real progress. 

For BTC Chair Ghazali Jaa'far, "BBL is an anti-dote to violent extremism."

Very recently, recruitment by radical and extremist armed groups, particularly those ISIS-inspired terrorists, was reported. The fact is that, this extremist ideology is appealing to youth due to frustrations from the turnout of the GPH-MILF peace process, and the BBL fallout in 2015. To them, GPH has been just playing the fool of the MILF.

“The recruitment is now happening very, very rapidly,” Rommel Banlaoi, executive director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) recently said.

Very recently, President Duterte warned of "unrest in South" if the Philippines will not address the historical injustice committed against the people of Mindanao. He told that, otherwise, "there will be trouble," while giving his remarks during the celebration of the 2nd Philippine Construction Congress in Pasay City last November 28. 

The warning was given in the light of the destructive aftermath of Marawi crisis where ISIS-inspired Maute Group, and Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group occupied said town for five months since May 23 this year.


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When approved in congress, BBL shall serve as the legal basis in the establishment of the Bangsamoro government.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\"To sustain the gains of all peace processes between different Moro groups, and the Government of the Philippines, there is a need for the immediate enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law which is consistent with the signed agreements,\" reads the consolidated manifesto in support of the enactment of BBL.&nbsp;<\/p><p>These networks of CSOs are mostly based in mainland Mindanao, and the Island provinces with some few based in Manila, and in the Middle East with members who attended said two-day assembly.<\/p><p>According to the organizers, and based on the registration records, about 1.2 million participants attended the Bangsamoro Assembly. The event was convened in compliance with E.O. No. 8 issued by President Duterte last November 7, 2017 that mandated the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to \"convene an inclusive Bangsamoro Assembly as a consultative body to discuss the proposed BBL.\u201d&nbsp;<\/p><p>Speaking during the event, President Duterte reiterated his policy on \"correcting the historical injustices committed against the Moro people\" at one hand, and the \"preservation of the state\" on the other hand.&nbsp; In that connection, his administration has been supportive of the peace process. He even said that he will&nbsp; asked congress to hold for a \"special session\" to tackle the proposed BBL.<\/p><p>Accordingly, said special session shall be held on the early months next year before congress adjourns on late March, 2018.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Press Secretary Harry Roque told media during the assembly that President Duterte supports the passage of the BBL. Asked about the timeline, Roque told that it shall be determined by congress.<\/p><p>The Philippine Star however reported lately that congressmen said \"there is no more need to hold a special session to tackle the BBL.\" Instead, \"they could pass the bill upon the initiative of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez,\" said the national daily reported.<\/p><p>House majority leader Rodolfo Farinas is also quoted to have said that Speaker Alvarez said Congress shall pass the BBL on&nbsp; &nbsp;March 21 next year. In another occasion, however, former House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said that both senate, and congress shall pass the BBL by June 11 in 2018.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Recalling that the BBL of the expanded BTC version was certified urgent by President Duterte late September, this year, together with the tax reform bill.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim, MILF Chairman, said during the Bangsamoro Assembly: \"We push for the enactment of BBL because we firmly believe it is the right thing to do.\"&nbsp;<\/p><p>Related thereto, it is important to note that BBL has been receiving popular support.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\"We came to the assembly to register our full support to the BBL, as the more appropriate political solution to the Bangsamoro issue,\" MNLF Chairman Yusoph Jikiri said during the Bangsamoro Assembly. The current BTC version is based upon the \"principle of convergence or harmonization\" of the MNLF and MILF peace agreements with the GPH.<\/p><p>Likewise, Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo OMI DD also expressed the same support to the BBL. \"I strongly support the inclusive BBL that was drafted by the expanded BTC as it answers the centuries-old aspirations of the Bangsamoro for self-determination, and addresses the historical injustices against the Bangsamoro,\" he further said.<\/p><p>Timuay Melanio Ulama, an IP BTC commissioner, delivering his speech in Filipino, also manifested his support to BBL as it showcases the unity of the Bangsamoro, and that it's immediate passage into law shall fulfill the age-old aspiration of the Mindanaoans for peace with justice, dignity and real progress.&nbsp;<\/p><p>For BTC Chair Ghazali Jaa'far, \"BBL is an anti-dote to violent extremism.\"<\/p><p>Very recently, recruitment by radical and extremist armed groups, particularly those ISIS-inspired terrorists, was reported. The fact is that, this extremist ideology is appealing to youth due to frustrations from the turnout of the GPH-MILF peace process, and the BBL fallout in 2015. To them, GPH has been just playing the fool of the MILF.<\/p><p>\u201cThe recruitment is now happening very, very rapidly,\u201d Rommel Banlaoi, executive director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) recently said.<\/p><p>Very recently, President Duterte warned of \"unrest in South\" if the Philippines will not address the historical injustice committed against the people of Mindanao. He told that, otherwise, \"there will be trouble,\" while giving his remarks during the celebration of the 2nd Philippine Construction Congress in Pasay City last November 28.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The warning was given in the light of the destructive aftermath of Marawi crisis where ISIS-inspired Maute Group, and Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group occupied said town for five months since May 23 this year.<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/6aa901cdd2d9e4857b18ca35bcfe477b.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Omar Kayyam, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"110.54.185.66","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"December","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1127\/csos-unanimous-in-their-call-for-bbl-enactment","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/6aa901cdd2d9e4857b18ca35bcfe477b.jpg"} ) [55] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1124 [date] => December 18, 2017 [hits] => 2308 [image_title] => MILF Kutawato Provincial Committee holds Peace Forum [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => milf-kutawato-provincial-committee-holds-peace-forum [image_sub_title] => MILF Kutawato Provincial Committee holds Peace Forum [image_intro] =>

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, MAGUINDANAO (December 16, 2017) --- The Kutawato Provincial Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front held a peace forum on the GPH-MILF Peace Implementing Process in support to the enactment of the new Bangsamoro Basic Law by Philippine Congress.

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“Bangsamoro organizations like those who are present today are united in working hand-in-hand in a most civilized, and democratic means to achieve the Moro peoples’ right to self-determination as stipulated in the United Nations Charter”, said Nasser Pulindanao, FBCSOs Vice President.

“The Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (FBCSOs), League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBOs), and Women Organizations of the Moro Movement for the Bangsamoro (WOMB) are lobbying to congress to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as the practical, and ultimate solution to decades of conflict in Mindanao”, added Pulindanao.

Guest speaker Professor EsmaelA. Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) and BLMI Training Officer, and member of Steering Committee said that the envisioned new political entity called Bangsamoro Region would be inclusive, not just for the MILF, but also the MNLF, the Indigenous peoples, and migrant settlers.

Once enacted by congress, and ratified in a plebiscite, the Bangsamoro Region will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) described as a “failed experiment”.

“The Bangsamoro Assembly held in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last November 26-287, 2017 was undertaken in accordance with the executive order issued by President Rodrigo Duterte. It aimed to gather, and seek the support of the people for the immediate passage of the new Bangsamoro Basic Law. Keynote Speaker President Duterte stressed the importance of correcting the historical injustices committed against the Moro People since colonial times, and will urge congress to hold special sessions to fast track the passage of the BBL”, Abdula added.

 in the passage of the draft bill in the Congress”, Abdula added.

The Chairman of the MILF Kutawato Provincial Committee suggested for the holding of series of peace fora to help people understand, and support the Mindanao Peace Process, and the BBL.

MILF provincial committee members down to the municipal level, sympathizers, and supporters attended the peace forum.

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Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) and BLMI Training Officer, and member of Steering Committee said that the envisioned new political entity called Bangsamoro Region would be inclusive, not just for the MILF, but also the MNLF, the Indigenous peoples, and migrant settlers.<\/p><p>Once enacted by congress, and ratified in a plebiscite, the Bangsamoro Region will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) described as a \u201cfailed experiment\u201d.<\/p><p>\u201cThe Bangsamoro Assembly held in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao last November 26-287, 2017 was undertaken in accordance with the executive order issued by President Rodrigo Duterte. It aimed to gather, and seek the support of the people for the immediate passage of the new Bangsamoro Basic Law. Keynote Speaker President Duterte stressed the importance of correcting the historical injustices committed against the Moro People since colonial times, and will urge congress to hold special sessions to fast track the passage of the BBL\u201d, Abdula added.<\/p><p>&nbsp;in the passage of the draft bill in the Congress\u201d, Abdula added.<\/p><p>The Chairman of the MILF Kutawato Provincial Committee suggested for the holding of series of peace fora to help people understand, and support the Mindanao Peace Process, and the BBL.<\/p><p>MILF provincial committee members down to the municipal level, sympathizers, and supporters attended the peace forum.<img class=\"img-responsive\" alt=\"\" title=\"\" data-rel=\"tooltip\" data-placement=\"top\" src=\"\nhttps:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/images\/cms\/NW6vX8W8m0JxI.jpg\" style=\"width: 700px;\"><\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/314221cad52529a35b2e9ca946ac2947.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Nasser Buansay, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.148.49.28","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"December","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1124\/milf-kutawato-provincial-committee-holds-peace-forum","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/314221cad52529a35b2e9ca946ac2947.jpg"} ) [56] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1125 [date] => December 18, 2017 [hits] => 444 [image_title] => GPH-MILF PIPs hold Special Meeting in Kuala Lumpur [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => gph-milf-pips-hold-special-meeting-in-kuala-lumpur [image_sub_title] => GPH-MILF PIPs hold Special Meeting in Kuala Lumpur [image_intro] =>

A Special Meeting of GPH-MILF Implementing Panels was held in Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2017. The meeting which was attended by both Panel Chairmen, USEC Nabil A. Tan and Mohagher Iqbal concluded splendidly for having signed  documents viz a viz;  Term of Reference for the GRP- MILF Joint Communications Committee; Guidelines for the Operationalization of the Bangsamoro Trust Fund; Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Joint Communique of 6 May 2002 and a Joint Statement. 

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Certification renewing the mandate of the Civilian Protection Component (CPC) of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) for two years until 14 December 2019, and welcoming the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) as members of the IMT-CPC were also signed.

Malaysian Facilitator Dato Kamarudin Bin Mustafa in his opening statement  mentioned his gladness over  the presence of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the recently Bangsamoro assembly, and  hopefulness for a way forward in the peace process. 

Also in attendance who witnessed the signing were members of International Contact Group namely MS. Emma Leslie- Conciliation Resources, Mr. Alex Douglas- Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Mr. Yosuke Tamabayashi-Embassy of Japan,and  Ms. Bahar Dogan- Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.

Secretary Jess Dureza, in his message expressed his fervent wish , that the peace process will move forward, though it may not happen “one time”, but rather “piece by piece” , he hopes it will come up to a real solution of the Mindanao problem.

MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, in behalf of the MILF Central Committee, stated the leadership’s commitment for the peace process to forward and its very strong support.

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The meeting which was attended by both Panel Chairmen, USEC Nabil A. Tan and Mohagher Iqbal concluded splendidly for having signed&nbsp; documents viz a viz;&nbsp; Term of Reference for the GRP- MILF Joint Communications Committee; Guidelines for the Operationalization of the Bangsamoro Trust Fund; Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Joint Communique of 6 May 2002 and a Joint Statement.&nbsp;<br><\/p>","image_desc":"<p>Certification renewing the mandate of the Civilian Protection Component (CPC) of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) for two years until 14 December 2019, and welcoming the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) as members of the IMT-CPC were also signed.<\/p><p>Malaysian Facilitator Dato Kamarudin Bin Mustafa in his opening statement&nbsp; mentioned his gladness over&nbsp; the presence of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the recently Bangsamoro assembly, and&nbsp; hopefulness for a way forward in the peace process.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Also in attendance who witnessed the signing were members of International Contact Group namely MS. Emma Leslie- Conciliation Resources, Mr. Alex Douglas- Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Mr. Yosuke Tamabayashi-Embassy of Japan,and&nbsp; Ms. Bahar Dogan- Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.<\/p><p>Secretary Jess Dureza, in his message expressed his fervent wish , that the peace process will move forward, though it may not happen \u201cone time\u201d, but rather \u201cpiece by piece\u201d , he hopes it will come up to a real solution of the Mindanao problem.<\/p><p>MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, in behalf of the MILF Central Committee, stated the leadership\u2019s commitment for the peace process to forward and its very strong support.<img class=\"img-responsive\" alt=\"\" title=\"\" data-rel=\"tooltip\" data-placement=\"top\" src=\"\nhttps:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/images\/cms\/xonO68DFbvs06.jpg\" style=\"width: 750px;\"><\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/cb006c734142f7810c29cd74060c2b60.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Hussein Sahir, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.148.49.28","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"December","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1125\/gph-milf-pips-hold-special-meeting-in-kuala-lumpur","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/cb006c734142f7810c29cd74060c2b60.jpg"} ) [57] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1120 [date] => December 13, 2017 [hits] => 1943 [image_title] => KPI holds Peace Forum [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => kpi-holds-peace-forum [image_sub_title] => KPI holds Peace Forum [image_intro] =>

The Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute Inc. (KPI) held a peace forum with the theme ‘’Understanding of Bangsamoro Peace Process, and Prospect of the new Bangsamoro Political Entity” at Datu Paglas on December 12, 2017.

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“Our leaders are not stopping to find a way for the passage of new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The BBL is the most practical, and civilized solution to Mindanao conflict”, emphasized Professor Esmael A. Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute, and BLMI Training Officer, and member of BLMI Steering Committee. 

“We are not fighting because the Manila government is dominated by Christians. We are not against Christian Filipinos. We are not against religion of any kind. We are simply against oppression.  And to us the worst oppression is the long deprivation of the Bangsamoro of their inalienable rights to freedom and self-determination”, Abdula quoted MILF Founder Salamat Hashim’s saying.

He explained the three tracks of implementing stages: 1) Security-Related Measure (Bilateral Implementation), 2) Normalization Process (Bilateral Implementation), 3) Passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (Philippine Government’s responsibility – unilateral responsibility).

“As leaders of our organizations, our essential role is to advocate the significance of peace, and the immediate passage of the new BBL that will end decades of war, and correct the injustices against Bangsamoro”, he added.

Abdurrahim Molilis, MILF-CCCH member, Community leaders, youth leaders, religious leaders, and some representatives for the business sector of Datu Paglas, and Buluan, Maguindanao, and some leaders of the Indigenous People belonging to the B’laan Tribe from Colombio, Sultan Kudarat attended the peace forum.

Samer Mamalaguia, active youth leader, and Abdulaziz Talib, member of KPI Board of Trustees, organized the peace forum.

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MILF chief peace negotiator, Mohagher Iqbal, took exception to the news item appearing in The Philippine Standard dated December 11, citing him as asking the Libyan government  through charge d’ affaires Ahmed Eddeb, who is stationed in Manila, “to assume the role of facilitator” which Malaysia has been doing since 2001.

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The news was by-lined by Susanne D. Fabunan, who interviewed the Libyan official recently.

“This is absurd if not an outright distortion of what really was the conversation. We have never talked about facilitation of the GPH-MILF peace negotiations. Malaysia is doing a fine job in the facilitation.”

This was the statement of Iqbal as a way of clarifying the news report that put words into his mouth, which he vehemently denied said those.

Iqbal said that even in the said news the statement of the Libyan charge d’ affaires is very clear. He never talked about facilitation but about Libya reassuming its role in the IMT.

In the interview with Luwaran reporter, Iqbal recalled his exact statement to the official: “When the situation in Libya stabilizes and a legitimate government is put in place, I suggest that Libya should consider rejoining the IMT.”

The Libyan responded, according to Iqbal, by saying: “The MILF should make a formal request so he can convey the matter to the Libyan government…. We have to go through official channel to convey to our government.”

Iqbal also questioned the motive of the news item which comes at a time the MILF and government peace panels are slated to meet in Kuala Lumpur this month to sign important documents mainly on guidelines on ways to effectively implements their agreements.

Iqbal appealed to the media in general and to the Philippine Standard in particular to be precise especially in attributing statements to anyone especially when the subject is sensitive.


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Fabunan, who interviewed the Libyan official recently.<\/p><p>\u201cThis is absurd if not an outright distortion of what really was the conversation. We have never talked about facilitation of the GPH-MILF peace negotiations. Malaysia is doing a fine job in the facilitation.\u201d<\/p><p>This was the statement of Iqbal as a way of clarifying the news report that put words into his mouth, which he vehemently denied said those.<\/p><p>Iqbal said that even in the said news the statement of the Libyan charge d\u2019 affaires is very clear. He never talked about facilitation but about Libya reassuming its role in the IMT.<\/p><p>In the interview with Luwaran reporter, Iqbal recalled his exact statement to the official: \u201cWhen the situation in Libya stabilizes and a legitimate government is put in place, I suggest that Libya should consider rejoining the IMT.\u201d<\/p><p>The Libyan responded, according to Iqbal, by saying: \u201cThe MILF should make a formal request so he can convey the matter to the Libyan government\u2026. We have to go through official channel to convey to our government.\u201d<\/p><p>Iqbal also questioned the motive of the news item which comes at a time the MILF and government peace panels are slated to meet in Kuala Lumpur this month to sign important documents mainly on guidelines on ways to effectively implements their agreements.<\/p><p>Iqbal appealed to the media in general and to the Philippine Standard in particular to be precise especially in attributing statements to anyone especially when the subject is sensitive.<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/d7cb92e79ca9bce38ff4d045c65a2324.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"luwaran correspondent","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"110.54.212.97","ip_address_add":"110.54.225.238","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"2017-12-11 02:18:29","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"December","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1118\/_iqbal_clarifies_talk_with_libyan_official_in_manila","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/d7cb92e79ca9bce38ff4d045c65a2324.jpg"} ) [59] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1117 [date] => December 10, 2017 [hits] => 428 [image_title] => Peace Advocates, other stakeholders wary of renewed war if Congress fails to pass an acceptable BBL [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => peace-advocates--other-stakeholders-wary-of-renewed-war-if-congress-fails-to-pass-an-acceptable-bbl [image_sub_title] => Peace Advocates, other stakeholders wary of renewed war if Congress fails to pass an acceptable BBL [image_intro] =>

The Committees on Local Government, Muslim Affairs, Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity has started deliberating the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with lawmakers agreeing to merge the three (3) versions of Bangsamoro Law filed by three representatives.

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The BBL crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) was authored by Speakers Pantaleon Alvarez with more than ninety (90) lawmakers) as co-authors. The MILF for its part is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte will fulfill his commitment made before, and after the 2016 elections to give the Moros, and the Lumads, a Bangsamoro Country through the passage of BBL.

The BBL is now moving in the committee level of the House of Representatives, and set a new timetable. Philippine Daily Inquirer in its December 06, 2017 issue said, The House of Representatives’ committee on local government has targeted the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by June next year, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pleas for its immediate passage.

However, peace advocates still see the uncertainty of the passage of a CAB-Compliant Bangsamoro law, while some are hoping congress could pass it before they go on recess in June 2018. 

CSO Lobby Group told Luwaran that lawmakers whom they have talked to either committed or non-committal of their support to the bill where some citing the contentious provisions of the proposed law.

A peace advocate in Kabacan, North Cotabato who refused to be named told Luwaran that they are hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will fulfill his commitment that he will correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro people through the passage of BBL. 

Pres. Duterte was quoted once saying, “Ibigay natin yan (Let’s give it to them), referring to the BBL.

While many stakeholders are expecting congress to pass the Bangsamoro Law, others are wary of a renewed war in Mindanao.

Ustadz Wahid Tundok, Base Commander of BIAf-MILF 118th Base Command was quoted saying, “An eruption of violence is a real possibility, but emphasized that he was expressing his personal view.

 “We are only humans, and we have feelings. We will be hurt if the passage of the law will not happen,” said Tundok, 50, who fought for the MILF for three decades until 2014.

Von Al Haqq, Spokesman for the BIAF, the military arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in an interview said, “We are always at the back of the leadership (MILF) on any decision pertaining to the BBL. We will also observe how lawmakers treat the proposed law. Our people on the ground are keenly monitoring the development in congress regarding the BBL”.

The fate of the old BBL frustrated some, and due to that frustrations some few joined the other side. This is what we are apprehensive of’, he added. 

Mr. Tu Alfonso, UNYPAD Vice President for Internal Affairs told Luwaran, “That as a youth group, UNYPAD will observe how congress deals with the BBL. We will continue to push for its passage as any delay or dilution will jeopardize the quest for lasting peace in Mindanao. Once a new conflict arises, it is we, the youth, the women, and the elderly will suffer.”

In a chance interview with Khaled Omar, Senior Officer of the MILF Information Committee told Luwaran, ‘There is hope for the BBL, but no assurance that a law that will come out of the deliberations in congress is acceptable to the Bangsamoro.

At a downtown market in Cotabato City, this writer asked Babo Latipa from Katidtuan who sells vegetables how she foresee the future in Mindanao should congress fail to pass an acceptable BBL. She said, “Datu pakagilek, duwanin su mayaba salaki endu su mga apo ku a manga nawt pan. Galugat kami den pembakwit.” (Its fearsome. Pity those like me, and my little grandchildren. We are tired of evacuating). 

“There should be no delay in the passage of the BBL, as its delay or non-passage might trigger an exodus of disgruntled rebels to the ISIS-Inspired group in Mindanao that could hardly be contained”, a peace worker warned.

Lt. Gen. Car¬l¬ito Galvez Jr., Commander of the Western Min¬danao Com¬mand was once quoted saying that Islamic militants were using the delay in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to exploit the “feel¬ings of hope¬less¬ness and frus¬tra¬tion of Muslims in Mindanao.”

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Duterte was quoted once saying, \u201cIbigay natin yan (Let\u2019s give it to them), referring to the BBL.<\/p><p>While many stakeholders are expecting congress to pass the Bangsamoro Law, others are wary of a renewed war in Mindanao.<\/p><p>Ustadz Wahid Tundok, Base Commander of BIAf-MILF 118th Base Command was quoted saying, \u201cAn eruption of violence is a real possibility, but emphasized that he was expressing his personal view.<\/p><p>&nbsp;\u201cWe are only humans, and we have feelings. We will be hurt if the passage of the law will not happen,\u201d said Tundok, 50, who fought for the MILF for three decades until 2014.<\/p><p>Von Al Haqq, Spokesman for the BIAF, the military arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in an interview said, \u201cWe are always at the back of the leadership (MILF) on any decision pertaining to the BBL. We will also observe how lawmakers treat the proposed law. 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We are tired of evacuating).&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThere should be no delay in the passage of the BBL, as its delay or non-passage might trigger an exodus of disgruntled rebels to the ISIS-Inspired group in Mindanao that could hardly be contained\u201d, a peace worker warned.<\/p><p>Lt. Gen. Car\u00acl\u00acito Galvez Jr., Commander of the Western Min\u00acdanao Com\u00acmand was once quoted saying that Islamic militants were using the delay in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to exploit the \u201cfeel\u00acings of hope\u00acless\u00acness and frus\u00actra\u00action of Muslims in Mindanao.\u201d<\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/ed9de27c5913653986ddfcb2ede73081.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Al Iskandar, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"IN PHOTO- Left- MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Right- Von Al Haqq, BIAF Spokesman","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.146.1.247","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"December","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1117\/peace-advocates--other-stakeholders-wary-of-renewed-war-if-congress-fails-to-pass-an-acceptable-bbl","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/ed9de27c5913653986ddfcb2ede73081.jpg"} ) [60] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1113 [date] => December 08, 2017 [hits] => 568 [image_title] => BIAF 109th Base Command holds Advocacy on Managing Frustrations [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => -biaf-109th-base-command-holds-advocacy-on-managing-frustrations [image_sub_title] => BIAF 109th Base Command holds Advocacy on Managing Frustrations [image_intro] =>

CAMP BUNAWAN, December 6, 2017 – The 109th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held advocacy on Managing Frustrations where the implementation of the GPH-MILF Peace Agreements was discussed; and the impact of the recently concluded Bangsamoro Assembly to the Bangsamoro broad masses. 

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The Assembly was held at Simuay, Sultan, Maguindanao on November 26-27, 2017.

“This advocacy can help us level off our understanding on the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte during the assembly. We have to analyze critically his statements, and at the end we can gather more support for the immediate passage of the new Bangsamoro Basic Law”, said Abas Bukol, Base Commander of the BIAF 109th Base Command.

He said that BIAF has a vital role in explaining to the masses the significant outcome of the assembly where many participants have mixed reactions on President Duterte’s message, and by that way peoples’ frustration can be managed.

Professor Esmael A. Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute, and BLMI Training Officer, and member of Steering Committee, said the MILF Democratic Struggle through the negotiation table is recognized and supported by the international community, and various local sectors for the establishment of new political entity called Bangsamoro Region.

“The recent Bangsamoro Assembly was aimed at gathering strong support for the passage of the new draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, and President Duterte was invited so that people can hear what he was going to say about the new BBL”, Abdula added.

“Implementing stages has three tracks: 1) Security-Related Measure (Bilateral Implementation), 2) Normalization Process (Bilateral Implementation), 3) Passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (Philippine Government’s responsibility – unilateral responsibility). The implementation of these tracks will put an end to the decades of conflict in Mindanao”, Abdula emphasized.

Abdurrahim Molilis, MILF-CCCH member, KPI Staff Khairudin Anwar, and109th Base Command Field Commanders were present during the advocacy.


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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Monday received a commendation from UNICE-Philippines for removing 1,869 children from its ranks, Inquirer.net reported on December 04.

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For complying with U.N.’s international law on banning children from engaging in combat during conflict, the MILF was also delisted from the annexes of the Secretary General Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, said the report by Inquirer.net.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, and UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Ola Almgren congratulated the MILF for promoting and protecting the rights of children, Inquirer.net also said in its report.

 “Today (Monday), we mark an important milestone for the boys, and girls of the Philippines. The Joint Action Plan between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the United Nations on the issue of recruitment, and use of children has now been fully implemented. 

As a result, I am very happy to announce that the MILF has been delisted from the annexes of the Secretary General Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. I would like to congratulate the MILF for completing the action plan with the support of the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting. 

This achievement is the result of a sustained commitment by the MILF with United Nations support”, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba said in her congratulatory message as quoted by Inquirer.net.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict serves as the leading UN advocate for the protection and well-being of children affected by armed conflict.

It can be recalled that the UN-MILF began working together by signing of an Action Plan between the United Nations, and the MILF in 2009 with Sammy Al-Mansor, Chief of Staff of BIAF-MILF, Architect Edward Guerra, and Toks Ebrahim as MILF’s counterpart in the planning and completion of the UN-MILF Action Plan.

The Action Plan was completed in 2017 upon the fulfilment of a six-point roadmap, resulting in the disengagement 1,869 children from the ranks of the MILF. 

After their disengagement, the children will have access to appropriate support, and services from government, and development partners to enjoy all their rights to health, education and protection.

“The United Nations country team in the Philippines welcomes this important milestone achieved by the MILF, in demonstrating its commitment to the protection and welfare of children,” the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, Mr. Ola Almgren, shared in his message. 

“In line with the UN package of existing programs to support the normalization track of the peace negotiations between the Government and the MILF, the UN stands ready to support the relevant plans for the disengaged children and their communities,” Mr. Almgren added.

UNICEF- Philippines Representative, Officer-in-Charge, Julia Rees said, “We congratulate the MILF as they reach this important milestone. Children are zones of peace and their rights must be promoted and protected at all times. Unicef’s support to the MILF continues to ensure that disengaged children and their communities live in safe environments, by facilitating access to psychosocial support and other protection, social welfare, education and health services. In addition, UNICEF supports parents in providing family based guidance and care. 

In response, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Chairman of MILF reiterated MILF’s commitment to protect and promote the rights of children in their communities.

Al Haj Murad also emphasized that, “The MILF has been candid enough to admit that compelling situations in the past brought about by war, nay even existential moments, has unfortunately forced children to a situation where their services, though not necessarily military, are of such a character as to appear as such.”

“MILF has worked for years in partnership with the UN, and we are pleased at being delisted in the 2017 Secretary General’s report and to be recognized here today by our UN country partners,” said Eduard Guerra, former Chair of UN-MILF Action Plan Panel and currently the Co-chair of Joint Normalization Committee – MILF, “MILF will keep up the commitment and the work to protect and promote the inherent rights of every child in our community. Together we will work toward ensuring a peaceful environment and a fair chance for children to enjoy their childhood while having access to education and other essential social services critical for their growth and wellbeing,” added Mr. Guerra.

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The Joint Action Plan between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the United Nations on the issue of recruitment, and use of children has now been fully implemented.&nbsp;<\/p><p>As a result, I am very happy to announce that the MILF has been delisted from the annexes of the Secretary General Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. I would like to congratulate the MILF for completing the action plan with the support of the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting.&nbsp;<\/p><p>This achievement is the result of a sustained commitment by the MILF with United Nations support\u201d, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba said in her congratulatory message as quoted by Inquirer.net.<\/p><p>The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict serves as the leading UN advocate for the protection and well-being of children affected by armed conflict.<\/p><p>It can be recalled that the UN-MILF began working together by signing of an Action Plan between the United Nations, and the MILF in 2009 with Sammy Al-Mansor, Chief of Staff of BIAF-MILF, Architect Edward Guerra, and Toks Ebrahim as MILF\u2019s counterpart in the planning and completion of the UN-MILF Action Plan.<\/p><p>The Action Plan was completed in 2017 upon the fulfilment of a six-point roadmap, resulting in the disengagement 1,869 children from the ranks of the MILF.&nbsp;<\/p><p>After their disengagement, the children will have access to appropriate support, and services from government, and development partners to enjoy all their rights to health, education and protection.<\/p><p>\u201cThe United Nations country team in the Philippines welcomes this important milestone achieved by the MILF, in demonstrating its commitment to the protection and welfare of children,\u201d the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, Mr. Ola Almgren, shared in his message.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cIn line with the UN package of existing programs to support the normalization track of the peace negotiations between the Government and the MILF, the UN stands ready to support the relevant plans for the disengaged children and their communities,\u201d Mr. Almgren added.<\/p><p>UNICEF- Philippines Representative, Officer-in-Charge, Julia Rees said, \u201cWe congratulate the MILF as they reach this important milestone. 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Cotabato City –The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) celebrated Mindanao Week of Peace at the Regional Government Center Compound, Cotabato City on December 4, 2017.

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ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman led the opening ceremony of the weeklong celebration attended by officials and employees of the regional government. 

With the theme; “Sustaining the Journey for Peace”, the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration is in recognition of the common aspirations of Mindanaoans to live in peace, unity, and harmony with each other regardless of status in life, religion or culture, and aspires to raise consciousness for a culture of peace among the peoples of Mindanao. 

In his opening message, Governor Hataman stressed the important role of every Bangsamoro in the continuing quest for a lasting peace. He encouraged everyone to participate and support the call for peace not just during the Mindanao Week of Peace but in every minute of their lives. 

When asked about last week’s Bangsamoro Assembly in Maguindanao attended by huge number of people, he said, “Our lawmakers witnessed them, we also heard President Duterte proposal for a special session if ever Congress fails to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before (Congress) go on recess, however, Congress statement set March 2018 as their timeline in passing the BBL.” 

He also reiterates his readiness to vacate his post once the new Bangsamoro government is in place. “Actually parang sirang plaka na, baka dina maniniwala pero ang sinasabi ko nga sa inyo,  hindi mahalaga sa akin ang posisyon, mas mahalaga sa akin ang kapayapaan”, Hataman added. 

The event was officially launched with a banged of a gong symbolizing the start of the weeklong celebrations.  

This year’s celebration is being spearheaded by the ARMM’s locally funded agencies (LF) headed by the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA-ARMM).

Thousands of ARMM officials and employees including Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission (RRUC) paraded around the compound to open this year’s celebrations. 

RRUC Chairman Romeo K. Sema believed that this event could be an opportunity for us to broaden the constituency for peace, unity and solidarity initiative of the RRUC in the ARMM and beyond” an opportunity to all Bangsamoro people to unite for the sake of peace, to support the peace process for a better and strong autonomy, Sema added. 

RRUC Executive Director Abdulbasit Benito said The commission would play a very significant role in the promotion of a just peace in the region.  Being an advisory and conflict management body of ARMM for Rido / Feuds, RRUC is helping enhance the promotion and maintenance of peace and security in the ARMM”. 

“This year celebration will underscore the need for us to unite, and to make just peace both a personal as well as collective cause. We should harness our diversity to serve as our source of strength to build a community of Peace, Unity, Solidarity and Harmony or PUSH”, Benito said.”


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He encouraged everyone to participate and support the call for peace not just during the Mindanao Week of Peace but in every minute of their lives.&nbsp;<\/p><p>When asked about last week\u2019s Bangsamoro Assembly in Maguindanao attended by huge number of people, he said, \u201cOur lawmakers witnessed them, we also heard President Duterte proposal for a special session if ever Congress fails to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before (Congress) go on recess, however, Congress statement set March 2018 as their timeline in passing the BBL.\u201d&nbsp;<\/p><p>He also reiterates his readiness to vacate his post once the new Bangsamoro government is in place. \u201cActually parang sirang plaka na, baka dina maniniwala pero ang sinasabi ko nga sa inyo,&nbsp; hindi mahalaga sa akin ang posisyon, mas mahalaga sa akin ang kapayapaan\u201d, Hataman added.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The event was officially launched with a banged of a gong symbolizing the start of the weeklong celebrations.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>This year\u2019s celebration is being spearheaded by the ARMM\u2019s locally funded agencies (LF) headed by the Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA-ARMM).<\/p><p>Thousands of ARMM officials and employees including Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission (RRUC) paraded around the compound to open this year\u2019s celebrations.&nbsp;<\/p><p>RRUC Chairman Romeo K. Sema believed that this event could be an opportunity for us to broaden the constituency for peace, unity and solidarity initiative of the RRUC in the ARMM and beyond\u201d an opportunity to all Bangsamoro people to unite for the sake of peace, to support the peace process for a better and strong autonomy, Sema added.&nbsp;<\/p><p>RRUC Executive Director Abdulbasit Benito said The commission would play a very significant role in the promotion of a just peace in the region.&nbsp; Being an advisory and conflict management body of ARMM for Rido \/ Feuds, RRUC is helping enhance the promotion and maintenance of peace and security in the ARMM\u201d.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThis year celebration will underscore the need for us to unite, and to make just peace both a personal as well as collective cause. 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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) delegation headed by Ola Almgren, UN Resident Coordinator, Philippines, together with Julia Reese Deputy Representative Philippines and Andrew Morris, Chief, Mindanao Field Office met with MILF key officials, BIAF and BIWAB Commanders at the MILF Administrative Camp in Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao yesterday, Monday, December 4, 2017.

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The party composed of other UN Agencies were welcomed by MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, other Central Committee officials namely, Chief of Staff Sammy Al-Mansor, Architect Edward Guerra, and Toks Ebrahim who were the MILF’s counterpart in the planning and completion of the UN-MILF Action Plan that led to the de-listing of Moro Islamic Liberation Front from annex of listed parties under the Report of the UN-Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict.

Witnessing the UNICEF officers delivering congratulatory messages, and commendation to the MILF were U.N. partners, the Non Violent Peaceforce, and representatives from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

In addition, the UNICEF officers gave assurance of their full support in mutual endeavours, child protection programs, and health care.

USec Ronald Flores of Office of the President on the Peace Process read the message of OPAPP Secretary Jesus Dureza.

Chairman Al Haj Murad said that the occasion is another milestone in the MILF’s journey towards just and lasting peace in the Bangsamoro. The achievements are testaments to the MILF’s sincerity and commitment in protecting their children.  

Chairman Al Haj Murad said further that, “With the on-going implementation of some aspects of the CAB, which is a negotiated political settlement, they are optimistic that situations engendering the indirect involvement of children in military activities would no longer present themselves now, and in the future.”

Chairman Al Haj Murad also emphasized that, “The MILF has been candid enough to admit that compelling situations in the past brought about by war, nay even existential moments, has unfortunately forced children to a situation where their services, though not necessarily military, are of such a character as to appear as such.”

“It is the joint efforts of UNICEF, and MILF in the completion of the UN-MILF Action Plan that we are here today in celebration” and took the opportunity to thank the UN and UNICEF for all the support given them the past years”, he added.

The meeting ended up with Almgren meeting the disengaged children from MILF-BIAF. 

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The leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had expressed its trust to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leaders of the Philippine Congress for the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a legal instrument that will provide the Bangsamoro people an autonomous political entity attuned to their culture, tradition and belief.

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“While we await the action of Congress to enact the Basic Law, any feeling of uncertainty is surely dwarfed by our trust and confidence in the promise  and commitment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leaders in Congress to enact into law the BBL without delay,” Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Chairman of the MILF said in his welcome message during the Bangsamoro Assembly.

The event was held last Monday (Nov 27) attended by more than a million Moro people at the Old Capitol in Sultan Kudarat Municipality in Maguindanao Province.

It was organized by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in partnership with the MILF and with the support of various Bangsamoro organizations.

The Assembly pooled Bangsamoro people from across Mindanao and the island provinces and was attended by International peace monitors, International Non-Government Organizations and diplomats.

“If the majority of the Bangsamoro approves the enacted Basic Law in a plebiscite to be conducted for such purpose, then the Bangsamoro Transition Authority will be inaugurated,” the MILF leader said. 

“Thus we doubly urge our partners in the government to act with dispatch both in the enactment of the BBL and in the setting up of mechanism that will give a push to the socio-economic component of the normalization process,” he added.

Chairman Murad reminisced the difficulty of engaging in struggle and cited how the revolution produced great-hearted fighters of which among them are the late MILF Chairman Sheikh Hashim Salamat and his vice-chair Alim Abdulaziz Mimbantas.

He urged the followers to work and contribute “in determining our future with security and succor, a future of peace and plenty that harnesses the potentials of our people whose new skills and talents will be needed for a new age and era in the Bangsamoro.”

“We push for the enactment of the Basic Law because we firmly believe, it is the right thing to do,” Chairman Murad said citing the measure sprung from a negotiated political settlement that is bound to be delivered.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the peace deal signed in 2014 that concluded the 17-year peace talks between the MILF and the government, states that the passage of BBL is the sole responsibility of the Philippine Government.

“Like many of you today, we took the path of revolutionary struggle more than four decades ago because we were convinced of the justness of the Bangsamoro Cause,” he pointed out.

The MILF chairman further said, “I therefore look more hopefully to a just and peaceful future not only in the Bangsamoro but for the whole republic as well.”


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and commitment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the leaders in Congress to enact into law the BBL without delay,\u201d Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Chairman of the MILF said in his welcome message during the Bangsamoro Assembly.<\/p><p>The event was held last Monday (Nov 27) attended by more than a million Moro people at the Old Capitol in Sultan Kudarat Municipality in Maguindanao Province.<\/p><p>It was organized by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in partnership with the MILF and with the support of various Bangsamoro organizations.<\/p><p>The Assembly pooled Bangsamoro people from across Mindanao and the island provinces and was attended by International peace monitors, International Non-Government Organizations and diplomats.<\/p><p>\u201cIf the majority of the Bangsamoro approves the enacted Basic Law in a plebiscite to be conducted for such purpose, then the Bangsamoro Transition Authority will be inaugurated,\u201d the MILF leader said.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThus we doubly urge our partners in the government to act with dispatch both in the enactment of the BBL and in the setting up of mechanism that will give a push to the socio-economic component of the normalization process,\u201d he added.<\/p><p>Chairman Murad reminisced the difficulty of engaging in struggle and cited how the revolution produced great-hearted fighters of which among them are the late MILF Chairman Sheikh Hashim Salamat and his vice-chair Alim Abdulaziz Mimbantas.<\/p><p>He urged the followers to work and contribute \u201cin determining our future with security and succor, a future of peace and plenty that harnesses the potentials of our people whose new skills and talents will be needed for a new age and era in the Bangsamoro.\u201d<\/p><p>\u201cWe push for the enactment of the Basic Law because we firmly believe, it is the right thing to do,\u201d Chairman Murad said citing the measure sprung from a negotiated political settlement that is bound to be delivered.<\/p><p>The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the peace deal signed in 2014 that concluded the 17-year peace talks between the MILF and the government, states that the passage of BBL is the sole responsibility of the Philippine Government.<\/p><p>\u201cLike many of you today, we took the path of revolutionary struggle more than four decades ago because we were convinced of the justness of the Bangsamoro Cause,\u201d he pointed out.<\/p><p>The MILF chairman further said, \u201cI therefore look more hopefully to a just and peaceful future not only in the Bangsamoro but for the whole republic as well.\u201d<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/4200cd5a8f6cddbd6ed9c91f9aa441e9.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Gandhi Kinjiyo","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"112.210.177.238","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"December","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1108\/milf-trusts-president-duterte--leaders-of-congress-the-enactment-of-bbl-","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/4200cd5a8f6cddbd6ed9c91f9aa441e9.jpg"} ) [65] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1109 [date] => December 05, 2017 [hits] => 113 [image_title] => Aid reaches thousands displaced by clashes in Maguindanao [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => aid-reaches-thousands-displaced-by-clashes-in-maguindanao [image_sub_title] => Aid reaches thousands displaced by clashes in Maguindanao [image_intro] =>

Manila (ICRC), December 4, 2017 – Thousands of displaced families in Central Mindanao’s Maguindanao province have been deprived of basic everyday necessities as intense fighting persists in the area. To help around 11,600 people in Shariff Saydona Mustapha municipality, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has provided them with half-month food and other supplies along with household items in cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross.

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“While the attention over the recent months has been mostly focused on the Marawi conflict, several communities in Maguindanao have also been seriously affected by armed clashes.  We remain concerned about their plight as they have been displaced for more than three months,” said Tomoko Matsuzawa, head of the ICRC’s office in Cotabato.

Since early August, the Philippine military and various armed groups have been engaged in armed fighting in the area known as the SPMS Box (Barangay Salbu, Datu Saudi Ampatuan – Barangay Pagatin, Datu Salibo – Mamasapano – Shariff Aguak) in Maguindanao. 

Over the past couple of months, though majority of the displaced families have returned home to plant rice and other crops, they’re staying close to the main roads, ready to evacuate in case the fighting resumes. The remaining families, coming from areas more exposed to repeated armed encounters, have opted to stay in host communities. 

“These families have reduced the number of meals to two per day, and also limited them in variety. It is important that as people try and restore their lives, they receive basic support to do so,” Ms Matsuzawa said. 

During the three-day distribution completed on December 2, each family from four barangays (villages)—who include those who have returned and those who remained—received 25 kg of rice, one litre of soy sauce, one litre of oil, 12 tins of 425 g of sardine each, 1 kg of sugar, ½ kg of salt, two jerry cans of 20 litre each and hygiene items for the household. 

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. 


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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday (Nov 27) said he will ask Congress to hold special session on BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) for its speedy passage, however House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas replied on Tuesday saying there is no need for a special session as the Lower House targets to pass the bill by March next year.

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The BBL is the legislative measure that seeks to establish an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“I’d like to address myself to the nation this time. I plead to all Filipinos listening now to understand the problem (on Bangsamoro),” the President said during the Bangsamoro Assembly on Monday held at the Old Capitol in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao where more than a million Moro people attended.

The country’s chief executive related the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people way back during intrusion of Spaniards until the coming of imperialism that “created a monster by giving away the lands and adopting, I said, ‘yung mga homestead, ‘yung mga cadastral land. And sadly to the exclusion of many.”

“And most of them, who were left behind or left out were really the Lumads here and most of the Moro people,” he explained.

Duterte further related, “But the fight for the territory began. And the dream of the Moro people was just to retake what they were or they had at that time. Violence after violence after violence.”

The President described the Bangsamoro issue as the one of the hardest in his administration and he enjoined Filipino people to understand the Bangsamoro problem.

In solving the Bangsamoro problem, Duterte disclosed there are drafts coming from MNLF Founding Chairman Nur Misuari, the academe and everybody else and said the process ‘should be inclusive’ and nothing is left behind.

Duterte said what is important is that the state will be able to deliver an arrangement acceptable to the Moro people.

“I will work very hard for it. I will ask Congress to a special session just to hear you talk about this in Congress,” the President said which draw applause from the audience which came from across Mindanao and the island provinces.

In a report by Philippine News Agency, Fariñas said, “We will request the President na siguro hindi na kailangan ng special session (that maybe there's no need for a special session). We will try to finish it before we adjourn on March 21."

He related that the BBL is now being handled by local government, peace and reconciliation, and Muslim affairs committees of the House.

Moro leaders present during the assembly pitched their call for the speedy passage of the BBL as it will address the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people, provide a governance acceptable to them and will also address the emerging violent extremism which pose a big threat to national security.

The passage of the BBL will materialize the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a peace deal signed by the MILF and the Philippine government in 2014 after more than 17 years of peace talks.

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The GPH, and MILF Coordinating Committee on Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) held their 46th Executive Meeting, and 25th Tripartite Meeting on November 30-December 01, 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City. 

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In his remarks during the event’s closing ceremony, Usec. Nabil Tan, who is also the Chair of the GPH Peace Implementing Panel underscored the key role of the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire, and other existing peace mechanisms between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Government of the Philippines, Rappler said in its report. 

“The CCCH has gone a long way in terms of partnering with each other ... developing mutual trust and respect [between both parties] ... persevering in the face of challenges,” USec Tan said.

“The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) would not have been possible without your strong support,” the deputy peace adviser said, as he lauded the MILF for its unwavering commitment to the peace process. “The MILF has exhibited its commitment to maintaining the peace in the proposed Bangsamoro.”

Tan cited the crucial role of the MILF in the successful implementation of the Peace Corridor initiative, which helped save the lives of hundreds of civilians during the Marawi crisis. “There is, therefore a need to strengthen and build more trust. “We must continue to cultivate this relationships,” he said.

He also reaffirmed President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment in pushing for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). “The President said that there is a need to be inclusive ... to have respect for the rights of all- Muslims, Lumads and Christians,” he noted. (Source: Rappler)


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COTABATO CITY - The Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RRUC-ARMM) has successfully facilitated the settlement of clan conflict between the families of Amir Interino and Bayabao Thomas on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant.

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The feud settlement was spearheaded by RRUC Chairman Romeo K. Sema. In his opening statement, he emphasized the utmost importance of reconciliation and unity between Muslims, “Kung nakapatay ka ng isang taong naniniwala sa Allah (SWT) ay para ka na ring nakapatay ng sangkatauhan,” Sema said. “Kung mapag-ayos mo ang dalawang di nagkakasundo ay may malaking gantimpala,” Sema added.

“We are faced with difficult situations right now”, said Sema. “The issue of violent extremism, conflict and displacement are among the many problems that we are facing”, Sema added. 

“ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman is trying his best to address the problems of poverty, lack of infrastructure, and other basic social services in the region; We must reciprocate these initiatives by maintaining a peaceful environment in our community so that developmental interventions won’t be hampered,” Sema added. 

The family feud began a year ago when Amir Interino killed Bayabao Thomas. It was Datu Mauyag Andoy, a traditional leader in their area who tried to find ways to settle the conflict immediately before it turns into a full blown conflict or “Rido”. 

In his personal account, Andoy revealed that he talked to RRUC Executive Director Abdulbasit R. Benito to ask assistance from the Commission for a possible resolution of the feud. A week after, Andoy was able to discuss with Chairman Sema the situation and eventually, a settlement meeting was arranged. 

In a simple program facilitated by Director Benito, both parties were given a chance to speak, then signing of a Conflict Resolution Agreement followed. Some of the salient points in the agreement includes giving of a “Diaht” (Cleansing of the heart of a victims’ relatives).  Anyone from the party who violates or breaks the covenant is obliged to pay doubled the amount of Diaht.

To strengthen the signed covenant, swearing before the Qur’an of both parties was administered by Ustadz Jamael Romampat. It symbolized the recognition of a wrong doing committed by Amir Interino, and acceptance on the part of the Thomas family, good relationship among the two families were then restored.

More than seventy persons, mostly relatives of the two families witnessed the ceremony. Former Kapatagan Mayor Datu Camad Benito and Datu Mauyag Andoy were part of the mediation panel.

SPO2 Saidona G. Beda of 4th Maneuver Platoon, LSPPO and SPO1 Zainodin Dumiar Andoy of Kapatagan MPSLSPPO also witnessed the ceremony. By; Abdulazis Ibn Hashim

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“I will ask the Congress to have a special session for the proposed law”, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said before the Bangsamoro Assembly participants inside the old Maguindanao Provincial Capitol Gymnasium in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, and more than a million more Bangsamoro participants watching on led TV sets installed in various locations in the vicinity of the capitol held last Monday, November 27.

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As of 12:05 Noon that day, the One Million participants in the Bangsamoro Assembly has already exceeded the target, while hundreds of thousands participants from the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, South Cotabato, and Davao Region were stranded in the three (3) registration posts, according to a report of BTC Commissioner Atty. Raiza Jajurie, Chair of the Committee on Registration and Documentation. 

BTC Chairman and 1ST Vice Chairman of the MILF, Central Committee, Ghazali Jaafar, also Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Bangsamoro Assembly said that more than a million participants have proven their strong support for the passage of the BBL. 

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) is mandated to convene a Bangsamoro Assembly as provided for under Executive Order No. 08, duly signed by President Duterte on November 7, 2016

MILF Implementing Peace Panel Chairman, Commissioner Mohaguer Iqbal read some 50 resolutions from different Bangsamoro Organizations, traditional leaders, CSO Federations, MAPEA, RPOC Region 10, indigenous peoples (IPs), migrant settlers, and former lieutenants, and supporters of Misuari’s MNLF Faction.

The Catholic Church was represented by Rev. Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato who delivered his message of support in the morning of November 27 at the gym.  

The summarized resolutions generally expressed full support, and urged 17th Philippine Congress for the passage of the BBL as the ultimate solution to the Bangsamoro Problem or Question.

“For as long as I could give a realistic solution to the Moro problem, I urged the Moros, the indigenous peoples, and Christians to be united as one. I do not want that anybody is left behind in the peace process”, Duterte stressed.

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-Central Committee in his welcome remarks said: “It is our distinct privilege to have with us today a proud Mindanaoan, in whose veins run the blood of Moro, and whose election to the highest office of the land a year and a half ago, mirrors the struggle between our forebears here in the south, and the privileged colonialists of the north”. 

“Today, we are witness to how all the four highest ranking officials of the country, who are from Mindanao – the President of the Republic, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - are the given the unique privilege to preside over the fate of their compatriots in Mindanao, and for that matter, the fate of the whole country”, Chairman Murad said.

Duterte related the colonization of the archipelago by foreigners that started in the coming of the Spaniards in 1521. It’s Allah’s destiny –the coming of the religion, Islam was the first to arrive in Mindanao, and we are all brothers.

American came, and extended the historical injustice for 50 years. The imperialism created the monster, the “cadastral land” to take over the ancestral lands of the Lumads, and the Moros. Eventually, the Moro “ancestral land” was the first taken, and becomes an outright injustice. 

Murad said that as we lay the foundation for the new era in the Bangsamoro through the implementation of the Peace Agreement with the Philippine Government; We call on our people to summon their strength and courage to stand together as one people aspiring for one goal, that of peace and justice for all. We must forge a new partnership with government as one people if we are to confront the new challenges we face such as poverty, poor education, lack of development and insecurity.

“Urging the Filipino people in the north to understand the problem. The issues as far as I am concern, number one is; the preservation of the Philippine Republic, and number two, to correct the historical injustices committed to the Moro” Chairman Murad emphasized. 

“The historical injustices could not be stopped, unless they are corrected,” Duterte said. 

One thing in my mind: “One nation for all, and one republic for all”. That’s why I am doing everything in correcting the historical injustice to ensure the passage of the law that would create a Bangsamoro new political entity so that “you must enjoy your rich natural resources but I ask even a few percentage (60/40%) to sustain the national government,” the President said. 

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That\u2019s why I am doing everything in correcting the historical injustice to ensure the passage of the law that would create a Bangsamoro new political entity so that \u201cyou must enjoy your rich natural resources but I ask even a few percentage (60\/40%) to sustain the national government,\u201d the President said.&nbsp;<\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/d547c09e79937a4cfcc3f7cc35169385.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Alham B. Buhari, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"(IN PHOTO)- President Rodrigo R. 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Cotabato City, Philippines – The recent Bangsamoro Assembly held on November 26-27, 2017 at Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao where at least more than a million people from all walks of life attended was an extraordinary occasion for the Bangsamoro people.

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Aside from the very strong and popular support showed by the Bangsamoro masses for passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), it also proves that the BBL can unify the two major Moro Fronts, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). 

“It was good and very welcome development for us”, said Abdulbasit Benito, the Executive Director of the Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission (RRUC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). 

One clear proof why the BBL has become a real unifying factor for the MNLF, and the MILF was the presence of prominent leaders of the two big Moro groups in the assembly, sitting side by side from the start of the program in the morning of November 27 up to its culmination in the afternoon.

 Datu Mus Sema also participated in the press conference early evening on that day joining Chairman Al haj Murad, MILF PIP Chair Mohagher Iqbal, BTC Chair Jaafar, and GPH PIP Chair Nabil Tan, said Benito, who is also a peace advocate.

Although Prof. Nur Misuari, Chair of the MNLF was not there, some of his supporters including his former lieutenants were seen in the assembly to show their support and solidarity with the Bangsamoro.  

In retrospect, it was in 1976, when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi brokered a peace negotiation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines, and Misuari which led to the signing of the 1976 GRP-MNLF Tripoli Agreement where the MNLF accepted the Philippine Government's offer of semi-autonomy for Mindanao Region.

In late 1977, the late Hashim Salamat and 57 MNLF officers broke away from MNLF. The group was initially known as "The New Leadership". After which Salamat moved the new organization first to Cairo, Egypt and then, in 1980, to Lahore, Pakistan, where it engaged in diplomatic activities. In 1983, the group of Salamat adopted Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as its official name. It took place in Camp Abubakar As-Sidddique.

In January 1987, the MNLF accepted the Philippine Government's offer of semi-autonomy for Muslim Mindanao leading to the establishment of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao on 6 November 1990. 

The MILF, however, refused to accept the autonomy. A general cessation of hostilities was signed in Manila in July 1997 between the GRP, and the MILF but was voided in 2000 by the Philippine Armed Forces during the administration of President Joseph Estrada who declared all-out war against the MILF.  

Major encounters were fought in Mindanao between the military, and MILF Forces resulting to a big number of casualties on both sides.

Under President Gloria Arroyo, the government entered into a cease-fire agreement with the MILF, and resumed peace talks, but in 2003, she also declared all-out war against the MILF, and bombed Boliok Peace Complex.

On October 2015, MILF and the MNLF signed a “unified declaration” calling for the approval of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as an embodiment of each other’s separate peace pacts with Malacañang.

The two groups who warned for a rejection of a “diluted BBL,” was witnessed by representatives from civil society organizations, and officials of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT).

In his speech during the Assembly, Sema stressed the need for the two fronts to converge.  “There are uncertainties in our collective pursuit. Nonetheless, the general atmosphere in our homeland demands that we must be decisive and take a firm united stand taking into consideration the consequences of a failed implementation”, Sema said.

“ Thus, the need to converge becomes more imperative and as far as the MNLF is concerned, agreeing to converge in the BBL is the most logical action to be taken instead of pursuing a line that is no longer parallel but totally opposite to the position of the MILF” he added.

In a separate interview by Luwaran.com Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque, said that President Duterte’s proposal for a special session by Congress is a clear indication that the president is true to his promise, and sincere in restoring peace in Mindanao by rectifying historical injustices against the Bangsamoro people.

Although President Duterte did mention the BBL in his half an hour speech, he emphasized the inclusivity of the process, and mentioned about the one day, one session with the Moro Fronts in the Congress, and this is what exactly happening at the moment, Benito added.

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The group was initially known as \"The New Leadership\". After which Salamat moved the new organization first to Cairo, Egypt and then, in 1980, to Lahore, Pakistan, where it engaged in diplomatic activities. In 1983, the group of Salamat adopted Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as its official name. It took place in Camp Abubakar As-Sidddique.<\/p><p>In January 1987, the MNLF accepted the Philippine Government's offer of semi-autonomy for Muslim Mindanao leading to the establishment of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao on 6 November 1990.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The MILF, however, refused to accept the autonomy. A general cessation of hostilities was signed in Manila in July 1997 between the GRP, and the MILF but was voided in 2000 by the Philippine Armed Forces during the administration of President Joseph Estrada who declared all-out war against the MILF.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>Major encounters were fought in Mindanao between the military, and MILF Forces resulting to a big number of casualties on both sides.<\/p><p>Under President Gloria Arroyo, the government entered into a cease-fire agreement with the MILF, and resumed peace talks, but in 2003, she also declared all-out war against the MILF, and bombed Boliok Peace Complex.<\/p><p>On October 2015, MILF and the MNLF signed a \u201cunified declaration\u201d calling for the approval of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as an embodiment of each other\u2019s separate peace pacts with Malaca\u00f1ang.<\/p><p>The two groups who warned for a rejection of a \u201cdiluted BBL,\u201d was witnessed by representatives from civil society organizations, and officials of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT).<\/p><p>In his speech during the Assembly, Sema stressed the need for the two fronts to converge.&nbsp; \u201cThere are uncertainties in our collective pursuit. 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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday (Nov 27) said he will ask Congress to hold special session on BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) for its speedy passage, however House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas replied on Tuesday saying there is no need for a special session as the Lower House targets to pass the bill by March next year.

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The BBL is the legislative measure that seeks to establish an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“I’d like to address myself to the nation this time. I plead to all Filipinos listening now to understand the problem (on Bangsamoro),” the President said during the Bangsamoro Assembly on Monday held at the Old Capitol in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao where more than a million Moro people attended.

The country’s chief executive related the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people way back during intrusion of Spaniards until the coming of imperialism that “created a monster by giving away the lands and adopting, I said, ‘yung mga homestead, ‘yung mga cadastral land. And sadly to the exclusion of many.”

“And most of them, who were left behind or left out were really the Lumads here and most of the Moro people,” he explained.

Duterte further related, “But the fight for the territory began. And the dream of the Moro people was just to retake what they were or they had at that time. Violence after violence after violence.”

The President described the Bangsamoro issue as the one of the hardest in his administration and he enjoined Filipino people to understand the Bangsamoro problem.

In solving the Bangsamoro problem, Duterte disclosed there are drafts coming from MNLF Founding Chairman Nur Misuari, the academe and everybody else and said the process ‘should be inclusive’ and nothing is left behind.

Duterte said what is important is that the state will be able to deliver an arrangement acceptable to the Moro people.

“I will work very hard for it. I will ask Congress to a special session just to hear you talk about this in Congress,” the President said which draw applause from the audience which came from across Mindanao and the island provinces.

In a report by Philippine News Agency, Fariñas said, “We will request the President na siguro hindi na kailangan ng special session (that maybe there's no need for a special session). We will try to finish it before we adjourn on March 21."

He related that the BBL is now being handled by local government, peace and reconciliation, and Muslim affairs committees of the House.

Moro leaders present during the assembly pitched their call for the speedy passage of the BBL as it will address the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people, provide a governance acceptable to them and will also address the emerging violent extremism which pose a big threat to national security.

The passage of the BBL will materialize the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a peace deal signed by the MILF and the Philippine government in 2014 after more than 17 years of peace talks.


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The program for the Bangsamoro Assembly officially started this morning at around 8:05 at the gymnasium of the Old Provincial Capitol, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao with Prof. Raby Angkal, Chief of Staff of the Office of BTC Chair Ghazali Jaafar acting as Emcee.

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It started with a recitation of some verses of the Noble Qur’an by Qur’an followed by a welcome address by former Mayor Tucao Mastura of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. “I believed that the passage of BBL reflects the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people”, he said.

Former Cotabato City Mayor, and currently Chair of MNLF Bangsamoro Peoples’ Assembly said, “We are here as one people fighting for our rights as Bangsamoro. “We are one in aspiration, so we should be united to support this undertaking. So, we strongly support the Bangsamoro Basic Law”, he said further.

BTC-Commissioner Atty. Jose Lorena pointed out, “We have to stand united on the articulation of Bangsamoro Basic Law as approximation of the rights of the Bangsamoro people. He told the audience that “Congress is going to pass the BBL, and hoping to finish it by March of 2018.”

1st District of Maguindanao Representative, and HoR Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema told the participants about the series of lobbying they made with the Office of the House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who ultimately agreed to act as principal author of the BBL that became House Bill o. 6475.” She also requested top personalities at the stage composed of MILF, MNLF and BTC Commissioners, and other leaders to stand up to show that they are united for peace as Bangsamoro.

Regional Governor of ARMM, Hon. Mujiv Hataman said; “Hindi po ako pumunta dito bilang sympathizer, Hindi rin po ako andito dahil ako ay MILF o MNLF, ngunit andito ako dahil kasama ninyo ako!”

Maguindanao Provincial Governor Esmail “Toto” Mangudadatu said, “I am a Moro, let us be united on this aspiration, this is for all of us.”

For his side, Rev. Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato described his observations on the BBL as the new BBL will be passed by congress as soon as possible in compliant with the FAB, and the CAB; the BTC made a good job with the new BBL clearly constitutional, and BBL is a symbol of unity. 

MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal told the participants at the gym that, ”BBL is the last recourse of the government to end the Bangsamoro problem.”

Generally, all messages delivered by MILF, MNLF, BTC, and religious leaders firmly support the immediate passage of BBL. 

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So, we strongly support the Bangsamoro Basic Law\u201d, he said further.<\/p><p>BTC-Commissioner Atty. Jose Lorena pointed out, \u201cWe have to stand united on the articulation of Bangsamoro Basic Law as approximation of the rights of the Bangsamoro people. He told the audience that \u201cCongress is going to pass the BBL, and hoping to finish it by March of 2018.\u201d<\/p><p>1st District of Maguindanao Representative, and HoR Deputy Speaker Bai Sandra Sema told the participants about the series of lobbying they made with the Office of the House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who ultimately agreed to act as principal author of the BBL that became House Bill o. 6475.\u201d She also requested top personalities at the stage composed of MILF, MNLF and BTC Commissioners, and other leaders to stand up to show that they are united for peace as Bangsamoro.<\/p><p>Regional Governor of ARMM, Hon. Mujiv Hataman said; \u201cHindi po ako pumunta dito bilang sympathizer, Hindi rin po ako andito dahil ako ay MILF o MNLF, ngunit andito ako dahil kasama ninyo ako!\u201d<\/p><p>Maguindanao Provincial Governor Esmail \u201cToto\u201d Mangudadatu said, \u201cI am a Moro, let us be united on this aspiration, this is for all of us.\u201d<\/p><p>For his side, Rev. Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato described his observations on the BBL as the new BBL will be passed by congress as soon as possible in compliant with the FAB, and the CAB; the BTC made a good job with the new BBL clearly constitutional, and BBL is a symbol of unity.&nbsp;<\/p><p>MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal told the participants at the gym that, \u201dBBL is the last recourse of the government to end the Bangsamoro problem.\u201d<\/p><p>Generally, all messages delivered by MILF, MNLF, BTC, and religious leaders firmly support the immediate passage of BBL.&nbsp;<\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/ecb7bafe588fa5b2a9e2c857dda9a319.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Faydiyah Samanodi Akmad, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"49.148.43.54","ip_address_add":"49.148.43.54","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"2017-11-28 04:59:15","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"November","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1098\/prominent_personalities_express_support_for_passage_of_bbl_during_bangsamoro_assembly","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/ecb7bafe588fa5b2a9e2c857dda9a319.jpg"} ) [73] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1095 [date] => November 27, 2017 [hits] => 494 [image_title] => Bangsamoro Assembly starts in Maguindanao [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => bangsamoro-assembly-starts-in-maguindanao- [image_sub_title] => Bangsamoro Assembly starts in Maguindanao [image_intro] =>

SIMUAY, SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao - The Bangsamoro Assembly, a gathering of all stakeholders of the Mindanao Peace Process organized by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) started yesterday, November 26 at the Old Provincial Capitol, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Hundreds of thousands of participants had already arrived with more expected to arrive today.

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The main objective of the assembly is to gather and show support for the passage of the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

National Government Officials headed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, members of cabinet, Congress, regional, and local officials are attending the big event.

As of November 25, participants from Sulu, Tawi Tawi, Basilan, Zamboanga, Palawan, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat provinces are in placed within the vicinity of the venue.

Security forces, some members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), and thousands of BIAF members are now securing the venue, the national highway, and its surroundings.

Meanwhile, The Committee on Media Affairs for the Bangsamoro Assembly headed by Commissioner Mohagher Iqbal of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) had finalized its preparations during the committees’ final meeting of the sub-committees on Saturday, November 25.

Chairman Iqbal reminded everyone to do their responsibilities with faithful intention for peace in Mindanao. 

Abdullah ‘Dong’ Cusain, Chair of the Committee on Invitation and Accreditation said that there are about a hundred of media outfits signified their intention to cover the big event. 

Social Media Sub-Committee(SOCMED) Head Tu Alfonso said that internet connections was identified as a problem of his team in the venue but had some alternatives to access internet.

The Sub-committees on media booth, promotional materials, decoration and restoration, transportation and communication, Tri-media, internal finance and other committees play important role to ensure the success of the activity.

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More than 70 media personalities were given basic information and guidelines on the Bangsamoro Assembly during a briefing at EM Manor Hotel and Convention Center in Cotabato City on November 26, 2017. The media personalities were composed of local, national, and international TV, radio, and print outfits.

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They included the New York Times, Al-Jazeerah, CNN. Asahi Shimbun, US Vice Media, JUI Press, Rappler, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, The Manila Times, ABS-CBN, GMA, CBS-DWAD, DXUP, DXJC Voice FM, DXMS, Brigada News FM, Radio ni Juan Network, PTV 4, The Mindanao Cross and Daily Gold Star.

They were invited and given accreditations to cover the assembly.

Mohagher Iqbal, Chairman of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel specifically briefed them on the actual flow of the program on the second day of the event on November 27 where President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his delegation are expected to arrive. 

Said media briefing was facilitated by the Media Affairs Committee of the Bangsamoro Assembly which Iqbal likewise chaired. 

The said briefing was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government through The Asia Foundation (TAF).

The briefing formally started with the viewing of a 10-minute audio-visual presentation prepared by the GPH - MILF Joint Communication Group under the auspices of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through The Asia Foundation (TAF) with funding support from the Canadian Embassy.

Meanwhile, Abdullah M. Cusain, Chairman of Media Affairs Invitation and Accreditation Sub-Committee relayed to Luwaran earlier that at least 25 media organizations were invited and confirmed their attendance. 

About 40 members of the Malacanang Press Corps are also coming along with President Duterte, Cusain added during the briefing. 

The Bangsamoro Assembly is convened in compliance with E.O. No. 8 issued by President Duterte last November 7, 2017 which mandated the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to "convene an inclusive Bangsamoro Assembly as a consultative body to discuss the proposed BBL.” 

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The Al-Muslimin Alpha Phi, Inc. (AMAPHI) celebrated its 50 Years “Golden Anniversary” with a Theme: “Reminiscing 50 years of Solidarity, Service and Leadership, in pursuit for excellence” held on November 19, 2017 at Genalyn’s Resort and Convention Center in Tacurong City.


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Maguindanao Provincial Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu in his inspirational message said, “There were many existing organizations but I rather joined with AMAPHI because of trust and confidence I have been observed with our brothers. I admitted that there were instances the group has divided because of its principles but later the sense of true brotherhood in Islam remains stronger than ever,” Mangudadatu said. 

In his message, BTC Chairman and 1ST Vice Chairman of the MILF, Central Committee Ghazali Jaafar related the historical background of the Bangsamoro struggle against foreign invaders starting from the coming of the Spaniards in 1521. Under foreign colonialism, the Bangsamoro were oppressed, marginalized and deprived of their rights to govern themselves. The policy of national integration aimed to assimilate the Moro people into the mainstream society were met with strong resistance from the Moro warriors in a period of 377 years without let up, Jaafar stressed. 

In 1968, AMAPHI was founded and organized by the group of prominent Muslim students in Manila. They led staged various protests and demonstration in the main streets of Metro Manila before the declaration of Martial law in 1972.  Some of them were recruited to undergo training abroad that became to be known as Top 90. One of them was the late Commander Amelil Malaguiok or Commander who became Chairman of the Kutawato Revolutionary Committee (KRC).  

About 98 members who attended its 50 years “Golden Anniversary” were Maguindanaon professionals holding key positions in the government. Other members were Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, Mayor Datu Genuine Kamaong of Datu Piang, Mayor Ramdatu Angas of Sultan sa Barongis, Mayor Freddie Mangudadatu of Mangudadatu municipality, Secretary General Datu Antao Midtimabng, Sultan Tungko Saikol and Sr. founder Datumla Sabpa.  

In 1898, the “Treaty of Paris” was signed In Paris, France were Spain ceded the archipelago to the Americans that included the Moro territory without the consent of the Moros. The historical injustices against the Bangsamoro people thus continued under the American Foreign colonialism, Jaafar stressed. 

In 1906, about 994 Bangsamoro were massacred by American soldiers in Bud Dajo. Seven (7) years later, some 2,000 Bangsamoro were also massacred by American soldiers in 1913 at Bud Bagsak of which, 196 victims were women, and 340 were minors, he added  

The Bangsamoro injustices continued to proliferate up to the present. The only alternative solution is the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the duly signed negotiated political settlement of the Bangsamoro issue in Mindanao, Jaafar emphasized. 

Jaafar urged the Al-Muslim Brothers to strengthen unity and solidarity for the timely submission of the BBL in Congress. No less than House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who authored the BBL. House Majority Floor Leader Congressman Farinas endorsed the BBL with some 98 Congressmen endorsed it. The Bangsamoro struggle for several decades is the struggle of the entire Bangsamoro. Not even a single Bangsamoro that does not participate in our struggle nor had a brother martyred in fighting for a cause, the BTC Chairman said. 

Jaafar clarified the issues that Bangsamoro government is not solely for the MILF, not only for the MNLF but inclusive to the entire Bangsamoro, non-Bangsamoro IP’s and settlers in the Bangsamoro core territory. 

The proposed Bangsamoro government is a government of the Bangsamoro by the Bangsamoro and for the Bangsamoro, and govern by Laws. There’s nothing to worry about the issues on the abolition of the ARMM. Everybody will be given a privilege or freedom of choice. Whether they want to join or not. If they are qualified and want to join in the Bangsamoro, then, they are all welcome, Jaafar said. 

The Al-Muslim Alpha Phi, brothers and sisters were enlightened to the main objectives of the Bangsamoro government. They expressed full support for the passage of the BBL by Congress, one Al-Muslimin officer said. 


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(AMAPHI) celebrated its 50 Years \u201cGolden Anniversary\u201d with a Theme: \u201cReminiscing 50 years of Solidarity, Service and Leadership, in pursuit for excellence\u201d held on November 19, 2017 at Genalyn\u2019s Resort and Convention Center in Tacurong City.<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_desc":"<p>Maguindanao Provincial Governor Esmael \u201cToto\u201d Mangudadatu in his inspirational message said, \u201cThere were many existing organizations but I rather joined with AMAPHI because of trust and confidence I have been observed with our brothers. I admitted that there were instances the group has divided because of its principles but later the sense of true brotherhood in Islam remains stronger than ever,\u201d Mangudadatu said.&nbsp;<\/p><p>In his message, BTC Chairman and 1ST Vice Chairman of the MILF, Central Committee Ghazali Jaafar related the historical background of the Bangsamoro struggle against foreign invaders starting from the coming of the Spaniards in 1521. Under foreign colonialism, the Bangsamoro were oppressed, marginalized and deprived of their rights to govern themselves. The policy of national integration aimed to assimilate the Moro people into the mainstream society were met with strong resistance from the Moro warriors in a period of 377 years without let up, Jaafar stressed.&nbsp;<\/p><p>In 1968, AMAPHI was founded and organized by the group of prominent Muslim students in Manila. They led staged various protests and demonstration in the main streets of Metro Manila before the declaration of Martial law in 1972.&nbsp; Some of them were recruited to undergo training abroad that became to be known as Top 90. One of them was the late Commander Amelil Malaguiok or Commander who became Chairman of the Kutawato Revolutionary Committee (KRC).&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>About 98 members who attended its 50 years \u201cGolden Anniversary\u201d were Maguindanaon professionals holding key positions in the government. Other members were Governor Esmael \u201cToto\u201d Mangudadatu, Mayor Datu Genuine Kamaong of Datu Piang, Mayor Ramdatu Angas of Sultan sa Barongis, Mayor Freddie Mangudadatu of Mangudadatu municipality, Secretary General Datu Antao Midtimabng, Sultan Tungko Saikol and Sr. founder Datumla Sabpa.&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>In 1898, the \u201cTreaty of Paris\u201d was signed In Paris, France were Spain ceded the archipelago to the Americans that included the Moro territory without the consent of the Moros. The historical injustices against the Bangsamoro people thus continued under the American Foreign colonialism, Jaafar stressed.&nbsp;<\/p><p>In 1906, about 994 Bangsamoro were massacred by American soldiers in Bud Dajo. Seven (7) years later, some 2,000 Bangsamoro were also massacred by American soldiers in 1913 at Bud Bagsak of which, 196 victims were women, and 340 were minors, he added&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p><p>The Bangsamoro injustices continued to proliferate up to the present. The only alternative solution is the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the duly signed negotiated political settlement of the Bangsamoro issue in Mindanao, Jaafar emphasized.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Jaafar urged the Al-Muslim Brothers to strengthen unity and solidarity for the timely submission of the BBL in Congress. No less than House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who authored the BBL. House Majority Floor Leader Congressman Farinas endorsed the BBL with some 98 Congressmen endorsed it. The Bangsamoro struggle for several decades is the struggle of the entire Bangsamoro. Not even a single Bangsamoro that does not participate in our struggle nor had a brother martyred in fighting for a cause, the BTC Chairman said.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Jaafar clarified the issues that Bangsamoro government is not solely for the MILF, not only for the MNLF but inclusive to the entire Bangsamoro, non-Bangsamoro IP\u2019s and settlers in the Bangsamoro core territory.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The proposed Bangsamoro government is a government of the Bangsamoro by the Bangsamoro and for the Bangsamoro, and govern by Laws. There\u2019s nothing to worry about the issues on the abolition of the ARMM. Everybody will be given a privilege or freedom of choice. Whether they want to join or not. If they are qualified and want to join in the Bangsamoro, then, they are all welcome, Jaafar said.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The Al-Muslim Alpha Phi, brothers and sisters were enlightened to the main objectives of the Bangsamoro government. They expressed full support for the passage of the BBL by Congress, one Al-Muslimin officer said.&nbsp;<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/858256f372c818e43275fd83f596f9f0.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Alham Buhari, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.148.114.166","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"November","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1094\/jaafar-invited-to-al-muslimin-golden-anniversary","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/858256f372c818e43275fd83f596f9f0.jpg"} ) [76] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1092 [date] => November 24, 2017 [hits] => 253 [image_title] => ‘#SIGNnewBBL initiates support for upcoming Bangsamoro Assembly’ [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => ----signnewbbl-initiates-support-for-upcoming-bangsamoro-assembly--- [image_sub_title] => ‘#SIGNnewBBL initiates support for upcoming Bangsamoro Assembly’ [image_intro] =>

The Sustainable Initiatives of Grassroots and Networks for BBL (#SignNewBBL) in partnership with the Committee on Tarbiyyah of the MILF Central Committee held meeting yesterday, November 23rd in preparation for the upcoming Bangsamoro Assembly on November 26- 27, 017.

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“A Walk for BBL” initiative will be spearheaded by the coalition that aims to support the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) being the lead organizer of the assembly.

The activity is expected to gather hundreds of thousands of Bangsamoro people including settlers & the Indigenous people to express support to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). 

The meeting presided by Dr. Ismael Abdullah, General Secretary of Committee on Tarbiyyah & General Secretary of Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP) expressed his gratitude to the attendees who came from different committees, organizations & other sectors.

Around 35 leaders and individuals patiently listened to the presentation of Dr. Abdullah, and the various suggestions from other attendees where some suggestions cropped up for the improvement of the preparations by the coalition and partners. 

The “Walk for BBL” was designed to show unity and solidarity of the Bangsamoro People, and other sectors and to urge Congress to pass the BBL. 

The coalition that comprises the #SignNewBBL Movement in cooperation with Tarbiyyah Committee of the MILF Central Committee, Department of Education including private educational institutions and state universities and colleges (SUC’s) are joining together to make the assembly successful and peaceful until its culmination on November 27.

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the Indigenous people to express support to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).&nbsp;<\/p><p>The meeting presided by Dr. Ismael Abdullah, General Secretary of Committee on Tarbiyyah &amp; General Secretary of Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP) expressed his gratitude to the attendees who came from different committees, organizations &amp; other sectors.<\/p><p>Around 35 leaders and individuals patiently listened to the presentation of Dr. Abdullah, and the various suggestions from other attendees where some suggestions cropped up for the improvement of the preparations by the coalition and partners.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The \u201cWalk for BBL\u201d was designed to show unity and solidarity of the Bangsamoro People, and other sectors and to urge Congress to pass the BBL.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The coalition that comprises the #SignNewBBL Movement in cooperation with Tarbiyyah Committee of the MILF Central Committee, Department of Education including private educational institutions and state universities and colleges (SUC\u2019s) are joining together to make the assembly successful and peaceful until its culmination on November 27.<\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/27e65d705b09017db58a72938056d99d.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Faydiyah Samanodi Akmad, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"112.210.214.119","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"November","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1092\/----signnewbbl-initiates-support-for-upcoming-bangsamoro-assembly---","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/27e65d705b09017db58a72938056d99d.jpg"} ) [77] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1084 [date] => November 19, 2017 [hits] => 790 [image_title] => Iqbal describes MILF, MNLF Struggle as “One People, One Aspiration” towards RSD [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => iqbal_describes_milf__mnlf_struggle_as____one_people__one_aspiration____towards_rsd_ [image_sub_title] => Iqbal describes MILF, MNLF Struggle as “One People, One Aspiration” towards RSD [image_intro] =>

MILF Information Chief, and Chair of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel Mohagher Iqbal graced the third and final day of the Training Workshop on Writing News and Peace Messages in Davao City which culminated on November 18, 2017.

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Through power point presentation, Iqbal discussed the Status of the” Struggle of Moros for Their Rights”.

He reviewed the historical annals pertaining Islam and it's coming to the Archipelago now Philippines which served as the legitimate basis of the Moro people's assertion of nationhood. Both MNLF and the MILF took the same historical narrative in their protracted struggle for right to self-determination of the Bangsamoro.

That's why, "our struggle did not came out of the blue," stressed Iqbal.

"There is only one Bangsamoro struggle," Iqbal explained as "we talk about the same people, the same homeland and the same aspiration," he said.

As such, "there is really a necessity for convergences among us in our common political aspiration," ended Iqbal.

The training workshop is held in support to the MNLF - MILF Convergence initiative funded by The Asia Foundation and the Australian Aid. The participants are a mixture of MILF, MNLF members, the BTC, BLMI, BDA and local NGOs Maguindanao, Cotabato City, and Sultan Kudarat Province.


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Both MNLF and the MILF took the same historical narrative in their protracted struggle for right to self-determination of the Bangsamoro.<\/p><p>That's why, \"our struggle did not came out of the blue,\" stressed Iqbal.<\/p><p>\"There is only one Bangsamoro struggle,\" Iqbal explained as \"we talk about the same people, the same homeland and the same aspiration,\" he said.<\/p><p>As such, \"there is really a necessity for convergences among us in our common political aspiration,\" ended Iqbal.<\/p><p>The training workshop is held in support to the MNLF - MILF Convergence initiative funded by The Asia Foundation and the Australian Aid. The participants are a mixture of MILF, MNLF members, the BTC, BLMI, BDA and local NGOs Maguindanao, Cotabato City, and Sultan Kudarat Province.<\/p><div><br><\/div>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/5b90cba9d75a9e76951b1ccf1a9e276b.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Ashab bin as-Shaheed, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"IN PHOTO- Chairman Mohagher Iqbal of MILF PIP (Center), in his right, an MNLF Misuari Faction representative, in his left, Noraida Chio, Officer of TAF, with the participants during the culminating day of the training workshop in Davao City","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"185.114.34.12","ip_address_add":"49.148.46.229","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"2017-11-20 23:57:52","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"November","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1084\/iqbal_describes_milf__mnlf_struggle_as____one_people__one_aspiration____towards_rsd_","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/5b90cba9d75a9e76951b1ccf1a9e276b.jpg"} ) [78] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1080 [date] => November 10, 2017 [hits] => 454 [image_title] => USM Moro Student reaps 4th Place in International Qur’an Reading Competition [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => usm-moro-student-reaps-4th-place-in-international-qur---an-reading--competition [image_sub_title] => USM Moro Student reaps 4th Place in International Qur’an Reading Competition [image_intro] =>

Muhamiden B. Umpong, a freshman student of the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato reaped the 4th place at the International Qur’an Reading Competition held at Brunie Darussalam on October 26, 2017.

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Umpong is taking up Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies at the Institute of Middle East and Asian Studies. About 23 individuals mostly from ASEAN nations participated in the International competition. He is a native resident of Carmen, North Cotabato.

The Dean of the Institute, Prof. Badrodin S. Abdulkadir, the faculty, staff and students warmly welcome him upon his return from Brunie.


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The Chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) issued on Tuesday (Nov 7) a statement announcing that the convening of the Bangsamoro Assembly will push through on November 26-27. 

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“This is to officially inform all concerned that the holding of the Bangsamoro Assembly will push through this coming November 26 and 27 at the Old Provincial Capitol Compound in Crossing Simway, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said.

The Bangsamoro Assembly was set on November 3 to 4 but it was postponed due to reasons beyond control.

The statement further said that the arrival of delegates and participants will be on November 26 while the program proper will be on November 27.

“We are encouraging the Bangsamoros, indigenous peoples and Christian settlers to attend this historic event that would mark our common aspiration to have genuine peace in our homeland,” said Jaafar.

The BTC created Working Committees that handle the preparations for the upcoming event which seeks to gather a million people that will signify support to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The BBL is measure that seeks to establish a meaningful autonomous Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The BTC chair expressed thanks to those supporting the Bangsamoro Assembly and further urged help for the dissemination of the announcement.

For any inquiries regarding the event, the BTC Secretariat may be contacted through mobile number 0917-674-8011 or through email at bangsamoroassembly@gmail.com.


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COTABATO City – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said there are about 65 barangays sustained minimum to medium damage by the conflict that lasted five months in the City of Marawi. Some other displaced residents have been monitored that they are moving back to their communities after the government officially declared the end of armed clashes between their troops and the Maute Group.

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It said that more than half of Marawi’s estimated 200,000 total populations will be allowed by the government to return home in the coming days or weeks. 

Roberto Petronio, head of the ICRC Mindanao sub-delegation, after his recent trip to Marawi City said “As we support the needs of returning residents, we remain deeply concerned about the thousands of people who will be unable to return in the coming months. They will need constant support during this period.”

The ICRC supported the return of displaced residents by enhancing their access to healthcare and potable water. Barangay Health Stations in Basak Malutlut, Poblacion Marawi, East Basak and Bangon received essential medicines and supplies from the ICRC for the health needs of returning residents. 

Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), they installed 11 water distribution points to augment the supply of potable water to nine villages in the west part; and donated two generators to the Marawi City Water District, enabling it to supply around 62,000 people with 5 million liters of water per day.

Petronio said that in the coming weeks, they will focus their assistance to thousands of people who remain displaced in the southern and western parts of Lake Lanao. He added that “these are areas that do not receive as much help due to access issues.” 

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Barangay Health Stations in Basak Malutlut, Poblacion Marawi, East Basak and Bangon received essential medicines and supplies from the ICRC for the health needs of returning residents.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), they installed 11 water distribution points to augment the supply of potable water to nine villages in the west part; and donated two generators to the Marawi City Water District, enabling it to supply around 62,000 people with 5 million liters of water per day.<\/p><p>Petronio said that in the coming weeks, they will focus their assistance to thousands of people who remain displaced in the southern and western parts of Lake Lanao. He added that \u201cthese are areas that do not receive as much help due to access issues.\u201d&nbsp;<\/p>","image_src":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/b4b4f6e27410b5642ce3ff9d8d9883a6.jpg","multiple_image":null,"multiple_alt":null,"image_author":"Muhammad Musa, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"","ip_address_add":"49.148.37.253","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"0000-00-00 00:00:00","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"November","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1074\/icrc-deeply-concerned-with-the-thousands-of-marawi-residents-who-cannot-return-home-in-coming-months","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/b4b4f6e27410b5642ce3ff9d8d9883a6.jpg"} ) [81] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1071 [date] => November 02, 2017 [hits] => 497 [image_title] => Bangsamoro Youth Caucus holds write-shop on BBL [alt_text] => [link_rewrite] => _bangsamoro_youth_caucus_holds_write_shop_on_bbl [image_sub_title] => Bangsamoro Youth Caucus holds write-shop on BBL [image_intro] =>

COTABATO City – The Bangsamoro Youth Caucus (BYC) purposely organized to strengthen the participation of the Bangsamoro youth all over Mindanao had conducted write-shop on the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at Pagana Restaurant, Cotabato City on October 29-30, 2017.

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The organizer said that it is the continuation of the piloted 1st Bangsamoro Youth Caucus organized by the Salaam Movement held at Ateneo de Davao University last September 15.

The Write-shop was also supported by some members of the Muslim Youth Leaders Congress-Philippines Alumnus. The said activity was attended by youth representatives from Lanao del Sur, Northc Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani Province, General Santos City and Cotabato City. The youth leaders’ representative from the Island Province was not able to grace the activity due to some unavoidable circumstances, the organizer disclosed. 

 The program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the Bangsamoro youth who are advocators of the BBL. 

The participants of the BYC digested the situation of the BBL and analysed the participation of the youth in advocating it in their level. 

Kaharudin Dalaten, a Moro youth peace advocate said that among of the major factors identified, for the lack of Bangsamoro youth participation in the process, is the lack of awareness with regard to the improvements and legalities of the enhanced BBL especially it provisions. 

“This vital information are very needed to be introduced and deeply understood by the people, especially the youth,” said Dalaten.

As they went along in the process, they were able to formulate a module for the Training of Trainers on BBL for the sustainability of their program. They also identified key audiences in Universities, State Colleges, Youth organizations and Communities where they can facilitate and engage the young individuals as primary participants.

The target participants shall become advocates of the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process, particularly the new BBL. 

BYC said that they are assuring the Moro elders that their efforts will bring common message in the ground that is in line with the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) messaging in call for the passage of the HB no. 6475 Bangsamoro Basic Law.

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Akmad, Luwaran [image_meta_title] => [image_meta_description] => [image_meta_keywords] => [status] => 1 [id_news_category] => 16 [date_add] => 2017-02-01 20:23:28 [image_caption] => [image_writer] => 62 [id_admin_add] => 62 [id_admin_modified] => 0 [ip_address_modified] => 112.210.163.191 [ip_address_add] => 112.210.163.191 [fb] => 1 [linkedin] => 1 [twitter] => 1 [social_auto_posted] => 1 [approved] => 1 [locked] => 0 [date_modified] => 2017-11-01 23:40:23 [id_parent] => 12 [category_title] => CENTRAL MINDANAO [category_caption] => [category_desc] => [category_image_src] => [category_root] => News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO [category_link_rewrite] => central_mindanao [category_meta_title] => [category_meta_description] => [category_meta_author] => [category_meta_keywords] => [category_meta_image] => [category] => CENTRAL MINDANAO [month] => November [year] => 2017 [image_link] => http://www.luwaran.com/news/article/1071/_bangsamoro_youth_caucus_holds_write_shop_on_bbl [image_src_thumb] => https://dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net/news/ce5616328dfd094907480762004c4f85.jpg [json] => {"id_news_item":"1071","date":"November 02, 2017","hits":"497","image_title":" Bangsamoro Youth Caucus holds write-shop on BBL","alt_text":"","link_rewrite":"_bangsamoro_youth_caucus_holds_write_shop_on_bbl","image_sub_title":" Bangsamoro Youth Caucus holds write-shop on BBL","image_intro":"<p>COTABATO City \u2013 The Bangsamoro Youth Caucus (BYC) purposely organized to strengthen the participation of the Bangsamoro youth all over Mindanao had conducted write-shop on the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at Pagana Restaurant, Cotabato City on October 29-30, 2017.<br><\/p>","image_desc":"<p>The organizer said that it is the continuation of the piloted 1st Bangsamoro Youth Caucus organized by the Salaam Movement held at Ateneo de Davao University last September 15.<\/p><p>The Write-shop was also supported by some members of the Muslim Youth Leaders Congress-Philippines Alumnus. The said activity was attended by youth representatives from Lanao del Sur, Northc Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani Province, General Santos City and Cotabato City. The youth leaders\u2019 representative from the Island Province was not able to grace the activity due to some unavoidable circumstances, the organizer disclosed.&nbsp;<\/p><p>&nbsp;The program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the Bangsamoro youth who are advocators of the BBL.&nbsp;<\/p><p>The participants of the BYC digested the situation of the BBL and analysed the participation of the youth in advocating it in their level.&nbsp;<\/p><p>Kaharudin Dalaten, a Moro youth peace advocate said that among of the major factors identified, for the lack of Bangsamoro youth participation in the process, is the lack of awareness with regard to the improvements and legalities of the enhanced BBL especially it provisions.&nbsp;<\/p><p>\u201cThis vital information are very needed to be introduced and deeply understood by the people, especially the youth,\u201d said Dalaten.<\/p><p>As they went along in the process, they were able to formulate a module for the Training of Trainers on BBL for the sustainability of their program. 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Akmad, Luwaran","image_meta_title":"","image_meta_description":"","image_meta_keywords":"","status":"1","id_news_category":"16","date_add":"2017-02-01 20:23:28","image_caption":"","image_writer":"62","id_admin_add":"62","id_admin_modified":"0","ip_address_modified":"112.210.163.191","ip_address_add":"112.210.163.191","fb":"1","linkedin":"1","twitter":"1","social_auto_posted":"1","approved":"1","locked":"0","date_modified":"2017-11-01 23:40:23","id_parent":"12","category_title":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_caption":"","category_desc":"","category_image_src":"","category_root":"News Categories 1 - CENTRAL MINDANAO","category_link_rewrite":"central_mindanao","category_meta_title":"","category_meta_description":"","category_meta_author":"","category_meta_keywords":"","category_meta_image":null,"category":"CENTRAL MINDANAO","month":"November","year":"2017","image_link":"http:\/\/www.luwaran.com\/news\/article\/1071\/_bangsamoro_youth_caucus_holds_write_shop_on_bbl","image_src_thumb":"https:\/\/dhznbxi9ccb8w.cloudfront.net\/news\/ce5616328dfd094907480762004c4f85.jpg"} ) [82] => Array ( [id_news_item] => 1069 [date] => October 31, 2017 [hits] => 268 [image_title] => Pres. 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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte called on the members of the House of Representatives to expedite the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the legal translation of the 2014 peace deal between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that seeks to establish an autonomous political entity for the Bangsamoro people.

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He made the call during the press conference at Davao City on Sunday (Oct 29) night prior to his departure for an official visit to Japan.

President Duterte also related his continued commitment to the cause of the Bangamoro people in establishing a new government attuned to their aspirations.

Duterte said, “We continue to talk and I hope that Congress would expedite its approval” and warned “If we do not act on it expeditiously, I think that we are headed for a trouble.”

He related further that he told the Moro Fronts “we will comply on our side what we have promised.”

“That is a commitment eh. Not even a promise but a commitment to the Moro people,” Duterte added.

The enactment of the BBL is the sole responsibility of the government particularly the Philippine Congress.

The BBL was first drafted by a 15 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) during the term of President Benigno Aquino III.

Aquino’s term ended without passing the measure that is hoped to lay down the foundation for Bangsamoro autonomous government with more fiscal and political powers.

After winning the presidential election last year, Duterte reconstituted the BTC adding six more members that included the Moro National Liberation Front and the Indigenous Peoples.

The Duterte administration is embarking into two tracks to address the Bangsamoro problem, through the BBL passage that will provide an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity and shifting the form of government to federalism where a federal state for the Bangsamoro people shall be created. (Info source: PNA)

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Not even a promise but a commitment to the Moro people,\u201d Duterte added.<\/p><p>The enactment of the BBL is the sole responsibility of the government particularly the Philippine Congress.<\/p><p>The BBL was first drafted by a 15 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) during the term of President Benigno Aquino III.<\/p><p>Aquino\u2019s term ended without passing the measure that is hoped to lay down the foundation for Bangsamoro autonomous government with more fiscal and political powers.<\/p><p>After winning the presidential election last year, Duterte reconstituted the BTC adding six more members that included the Moro National Liberation Front and the Indigenous Peoples.<\/p><p>The Duterte administration is embarking into two tracks to address the Bangsamoro problem, through the BBL passage that will provide an autonomous Bangsamoro political entity and shifting the form of government to federalism where a federal state for the Bangsamoro people shall be created. 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COTABATO City – The chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Ghazali Jaafar has announced yesterday, October 29 the official pronouncement on the postponement of the Bangsamoro Assembly supposedly scheduled on November 3-4 to be held at Old Capitol, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

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Jaafar said that the postponement is due to reason that beyond their control. However, the working committee will continue their assignments in preparation for the Bangsamoro Assembly said Jaafar.

Jaafar disclosed that they are eyeing including the authorities that the conduct of the Bangsamoro Assembly will be on the third week of November this year. 

Once they had final set the schedule for the assembly, they will immediately announce it to the public. 

The BTC had appreciated much the efforts of all the countless number of people who will participate on the said affair and their concrete support, assistance in various forms that has been extended already to the Bangsamoro Assembly.

Jaafar has also urge the masses to continue their support until the Bangsamoro Assembly is convened.

The BTC has mandated to conduct the Bangsamoro Assembly in pursuant to Executive Order No.08, the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

The assembly is expected to register at least 1Million attendees coming from various stakeholders including Bangsamoro, non-Moros settlers, Indigenous People, government workers, NGOs, CSOs, Sultanates, LGUs, foreign dignitaries and all peace-loving citizen.

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The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) announced on Sunday (October 29) that Bangsamoro Assembly scheduled on November 3 to 4 has been postponed.

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BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said in a statement "We regret to inform though that due to reasons beyond our control, the said Bangsamoro Assembly has to be postponed."

Jaafar said they look forward to conduct the assembly which aims to gather half a million Bangsamoro people on the third week of November.

The gathering aims to draw support for the immediate passage of the enhanced Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which is hoped to be prioritized by the Philippine Congress.

If passed into law, the BBL will usher the establishment of Bangsamoro political entity that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The BBL is the legal instrument that will implement the peace deal signed by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Jaafar gave assurance that they will immediately disseminate the information once the new dates are confirmed.

The BTC chair also thanked the stakeholders for their assistance to make the conduct of the Bangsamoro Assembly successful. He added that the preparatory works of the Standing Committees will continue.

He further thanked the Bangsamoro people for the patience and understanding and asked them to remain supportive until the assembly is convened.

The BTC and the MILF collaborate in the preparation of the Bangsamoro Assembly.

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The enactment of the Bangsamoro basic Law (BBL) is of national interest said the majority of the participants of a forum at EM Manur, Cotabato City on October 24-5, 2017. 

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Their belief came out in the wake of many clarifications raised by some participants. 

Speakers and guests of honours of was the MILF Implementing Peace Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal and Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo.

The forum was sponsored by the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) led by Prof. Abhoud Syed M. Linga with the participation of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) headed by Prof. Reydan Lacson. 

Dr. Parido R. Pigkaulan and Prof. Sarah A. Radam acted as facilitators.

Many sectors were properly represented in the activity, namely Dr. Alimen W. Sencil, Vice President for Production and Entrepreneurship of the University of Southern Mindanao and Dr. Abdul Lantong of the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College representing the academe.

From the judiciary was Judge Datukaka Camsa of the Shari’ah Circuit Court while from the Sultanate were Datu Salem Abdula and Engr. Datu Mlang Madal. 

The Media was represented by Ali Anso of DXUP Teleradyo of Upi and Abdullah Abdulmaguid of the Homeland Media Agency (HMA). From the LGUs was Dr. Maugan Mosaid of Pikit, North Cotabato. 

The IPs group was represented by Archie Buaya of the T’duray tribe, who is also a staff of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). The religious sector was represented by Ustadz Hisham Nando. 

On the MILF side was Anwar Alamada and the political sector was represented by Kasanadil Pigkaulan of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party.

Chairman of MILf PIP and Commissioner Iqbal expounded on the new version of the BBL crafted by the Expanded BTC. He said: the former one was good but the present one is better. This is so because it accommodated the demands of IPs, the MNLF, and all other groups. It guarantees the basic rights. It is secular in character. It secures the vested property rights. It assures participation of the settlers. It is a parliamentary system where the executive and the legislative branches of government work harmoniously as compared to those in the unitary system.


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