North Cotabato Provincial Political committee holds thankgiving kanduli for BOL

Kabacan, North Cotabato- The North Cotabato Provincial Political Committee held “Thanksgiving Kanduli (Food Banquet) on October 15 at the Kabacan Gymnasium, Poblacion Kabacan, this province for the enactment into law R.A. No. 11054 or better known as Organic Law for Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM). The food banquet was sponsored by Datu Sambuto Pedtamanan, Provincial Chairman of North Cotabato Provincial Political Committee.

Mohalidin Balayanan introduced Kabacan Mayor Herlo P. Guzman Jr. who willingly graced the occasion and expressed support for Bangsamoro Organic Law. He also said that ‘’Even if I am Christian I’m very supportive to the BOL as it is the key to peace here in Mindanao.

“In the past I’ve been supportive to it, as it is the answer to the quest for long lasting peace in Mindanao,” he added.  

Mayor Guzman urged all commanders and leaders of local government units to support the BOL. 

’’We should help each other to strongly prohibit any criminal acts in our beloved town of Kabacan. Christians and Muslims are equal as far as delivery of services are concerned. During my years in service I saw to it that we can reach out to Muslim dominated areas, Guzman told his audience”.

 He said that, ‘’I don’t want enemies, I want friends,’ he stressed.

Salihin Ali Asghar, Senior Staff of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar said in his message, ‘’First of all, praise be to Allah (S.W.T) for the holding of this event in celebration of the signing of BOL. He said that the BOL would provide more benefits to us Bangsamoro, and our communities.

“Once again, the people of the five provinces of ARMM comprising the core territory, the 39 barangays in North Cotabato, and 6 municipalities in Lanao del Norte will be asked during the plebiscite whether they would like to join the proposed new political entity or not,” he said.

Nasser Pulindao from the MILF Information Committee gave updates on BOL. 

He mentioned the struggle of the Bangsamoro, as well as the series of negotiations that took place since 1976, until the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) in 2012, and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in 2014.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), formerly called Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the BTC is the legal translation of the CAB that creates a new political entity called Bangsamoro Region. It will replace the current that President Noynoy Aquino considered as ‘failed Experiment’. 

Pulindao said that under the Annex on Normalization which is part of the FAB, and the CAB, 30% of MILF combatants and weapons shall be decommissioned after the ratification of the BOL on January 21st in 2019. Thereafter, another two stages of decommissioning will follow, the last will be after the signing of the Exit Document.