In photo- OPAPP Sec. Jess Dureza with MNLF leaders during their meeting in Davao City

MNLF pledges to carry out aggressive info campaign in support of BOL

DAVAO CITY (October 30, 2018) — Top officials of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met with Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza here to pledge their full support for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) through the implementation of a strategic information, education and communications (IEC) campaign in their communities.

“The MNLF is committed to help the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte by supporting the BOL and campaigning for (its ratification in) the plebiscite,” MNLF Central Committee Chair Yusoph Jikiri told Dureza during the meeting yesterday.

In response, Dureza acknowledged the MNLF’s strong commitment to help the national government in creating a greater level of public awareness on the landmark measure.

“I am very pleased with the MNLF’s determined efforts to help the Duterte administration in generating a groundswell of support for BBL and ensure its ratification,” he said.

In particular, Dureza lauded the MNLF Central Committee for issuing a resolution declaring the organization’s unequivocal support for the BOL’s ratification and eventual implementation.

The resolution was issued during the MNLF’s General Assembly held last October 7 in Indanan, Sulu.

Monday’s dialogue was a follow up to a conversation between Dureza and members of the MNLF Central Committee held earlier this month in Davao City.

During that meeting, it was agreed that the MNLF, in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), will develop and implement a multi-stakeholder IEC campaign within the organization’s areas of coverage.   

“The MNLF, under the leadership of Chair Jikiri, has over the years been a reliable partner of the national government in sustaining the gains of peace in Mindanao,” Dureza said.

“We hope to continue strengthening this partnership in the coming years,” he added.

Dureza said the BOL will not favor any particular group or organization, emphasizing that it is the embodiment of all signed agreements between the Philippine Government and the various Moro fronts in Mindanao.