IN PHOTO- BLMI Executive Director Mahmoud Ahmad (left in red shirt) pose with Mushidin after the culmination of the activity

BLMI Conducts Peace Dialogue for Murshidin

COTABATO CITY - The Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) conducted and facilitated a Peace Dialogue for Murshidin on July 16-17, 2018 at the BLMI Training Center, Crossing Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. 

Murshidin are different from Du’at as they are focused on providing Da’wah to those who are already knowledgeable in Islamic principles. They play an important role in the Islamization program of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Prof. Abhoud Syed Lingga of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel shared inputs on the status of the Peace Process. He also emphasized the importance of the upcoming referendum assuming the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is signed into law. 

The BBL is the enabling law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, an agreement signed by the MILF and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in 2014. Once the BBL is approved, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is deemed abolished.

He also added that majority of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will come from the MILF. The BTA will be established after the abolition of the ARMM. Furthermore, Lingga also said that the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) was created by the MILF in preparation for the National Election on 2022.

Lingga also reminded the participants that there is still no final version of the BBL even after the end of the Bicameral Conference. The official information from the MILF Central Committee will be released through Mohagher Iqbal or Ghazali Jaafar, he added. 

The participants expressed their concerns regarding the registration with the Commission on Election especially for members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF). The resource persons said that they will try to suggest to the MILF leadership to find ways on how to simplify the registration not just for the BIAF but also to other Bangsamoro sectors.

Concerns about the employees of the ARMM were also raised by the participants during the Open Forum. The resource persons said that there is still no final version of the BBL, however they assured that employees of the ARMM which will be terminated will receive benefits as provided by the law.