Members of the 109th Base Command of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) listen to the message of Prof. Abdula/ Photo by LUWARAN correspondent

Nando: Political solution will resolve Moro problem

MANGUDADATU, MAGUINDANAO- “Political solution by way of the peace process will resolve the Moro problem. It is the best way to end the decades of war in Mindanao between the Moro secessionists Groups, and the Philippine Government”, Hisham Nando said yesterday during a Bangsamoro Islamic Symposium held in this town. 

Nando is a member of the Bangsamoro Leadership, and Management Institute (BLMI) Steering Committee 

The symposium was jointly organized by the BIAF 109th Base Command, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)- Damakling Political Committee. 

“The MILF is committed to pursue its peace agenda with Philippine Government to finally end the hostilities in Mindanao”, Nando further said.

“Nothing can solve the Moro problem except passing the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB)-compliant Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) into enabling law”, Nando underscored.

One BIAF Officer who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the base command told this writer during a brief interview that they are elated to learn that the deliberations on the BBL by the Senate Committees, and House Committees are moving faster. “We hope this, this new government will not fail us others, our patience will run out.”   

The BBL is crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which seeks to establish Bangsamoro political entity contained in the CAB. 

CAB is the peace agreement signed between the Government of the Philippines and the MILF in 2014. 

Guest speaker Professor Esmael Abdula, President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute and BLMI Steering Committee member, and Training Officer, explained the historical injustices committed against the Moro people that started during the Spanish era.

“Moro Historical Injustices are the main reasons why the Moro people waged a revolutionary war in early 70’s to get back their long lost freedom”, Abdula said.

He emphasized that “Political struggle is the most civilized way of solving problem in Mindanao.”

Abdula told the participants that due the coming of foreign colonial powers such as Spain, Japan which invaded the country for a short period of time during World War II, and the United States, the Moro people faced systematic marginalization, minoritization, illegal, and immoral annexation of Moro Homeland to the Philippines, the injustices became dovetailed into single problem- the Moro Problem.