IN PHOTO- Engr. Muhajirin Ali of the MILF Peace Implementing Panel Secretariat discusses salient features of the Bangsamoro Organic Law during the advocacy on BOL in Gli-Gli, Pikit, North Cotabato

BIAF Field Guard Base Command Battalion Holds Advocacy on BOL

Pikit Cotabato – Close to 300 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, Head Quarters Brigade, Field Guard Base Command, National Guard Front, 2nd Battalion attended the peace advocacy on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) held at Lebanon, Gli – Gli, this town on September 08, 2018.

Abdul Mutalib Silongan, the Unit’s battalion Commander in his message thanked his colleagues in attendance for their positive response.

“This advocacy is conducted to enhance our understanding of the BOL. This is a good opportunity for us to learn more about what we have attained in our struggle for self-determination as well as challenges ahead during the transition period, because our guest speaker who has been engaged in the GPH-MILF Peace Process since 2001 will explain to us this law,” he said.

Engineer Mohajirin Ali from the MILF Peace Implementing Panel secretariat explained the salient features of the BOL.

“Despite those sufferings and horrible experiences by our people under the Philippine Government, we have engaged in the negotiation because the late Ameer Salamat Hashim in his guidelines to MILF entitled Bangsamoro Mujaheed: His Objectives and Responsibilities, states among others that the most civilized method of resolving the Mindanao conflict is through negotiated political settlement,” Engr. Ali quoting the late amir.

On the issue of inclusivity, Ali emphasized that “BOL is inclusive because in the crafting of this law three members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) came from MNLF wherein issues in the GRP – MNLF tripartite meetings were included in the crafting of this law”. 

Pikit, one of the severely affected municipality in the conflict, eleven of its barangays namely Bagoinged, Balatican, S. Balong, S. Balongis, Batulawn, Buliok, Gokotan, Kabasalan, Lagunde, Macabual and Macasendeg are included in the areas to undergo plebiscite on January 21, 2019.

The result of the plebiscite will determine the areas of the future Bangsamoro.