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CBCS to hold consultations with Moro CSO leaders to help address violent extremism

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) will hold series of consultation with different civil society Moro leaders across Mindanao and the island provinces to discuss effective ways of preventing the emerging violent extremism that has wrought havoc in Marawi City.

“As part of its commitment to accompany the peace process, we are convening a series of consultation-dialogue on promoting peace and preventing violent extremism in the Bangsamoro,” Guiamel Alim, head of CBCS, a network of Moro non-government organizations and people’s organizations.

Alim said the activity will banner the theme “Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is the Best Option Against Violent Extremism.”

For several years already, the CBCS has been in the forefront in advocating peace and promoting the Bangsamoro peace process as diplomatic way of addressing the Mindanao problem.

Alim said the consultation will be attended by PO and NGO leaders on January 9 to 11 for Central Mindanao Cluster and on January 22 to 24 for Western Mindanao Cluster.

“The participants of the two clusters will be invited in a summit this coming February 4 to 6,” the CBCS head added. CBCS is yet to announce the venue of the proposed summit.

The Moro leaders is expected to come up with recommendations or plan of action that will help address violent extremism and usher the success of the Bangsamoro peace process.

Alim said the activity generally aims to let the people understand the BBL on its important features that can help promote social justice, national unity and reconciliation.

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“It will also give us opportunity to understand violent extremism and its prevention from the context of the Bangsamoro and South-East Asia,” he added.

The MILF leadership has been pitching its call to the lawmakers for the swift passage of BBL which is believed to be the best anti-dote against violent extremism.