In Photo-Courtesy visit of Chairman Mohagher Iqbal of MILF PIP to the Office of Basilan Governor Jim Salliman

Iqbal pays courtesy visit to Basilan Provincial Government

Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Chairman Mohagher Iqbal of MILF Peace Implementing Panel paid courtesy visit to the Provincial Government of Basilan and was received personally by Governor Jim Salliman on October 20, 2018.

Chairman Iqbal was accompanied by MILF panel members Abdullah Camlian, Aleem Ebrahim Ali, PIP Secretariat Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali, PIP Legal Consultant Atty. Lanang T. Ali Jr., MILF JCC Head Abdullah P. Salik Jr., Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Commissioners Abdulgapor Karnain, and Hatimil Hassan. 

During the courtesy visit, the two leaders talked about the proposed Bangsamoro Government, its challenges and opportunities, peace and security and preparations for the forthcoming plebiscite.

Governor Salliman reiterated his unrelenting support to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and mentioned that he was once an advocate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the 1st Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC1) during President Benigno Aquino’s Administration as member of House of Representative of the Lone District of Basilan (He served three terms).      

He suggested to Chairman Iqbal to have a proper messaging on BOL for the people of Isabela City specially to the city’s Christian residents during the campaign period set by the COMELEC comes December 7, 2018 to January 19, 2019 for the plebiscite on January 21, 2019.

Isabela is a coastal component City in the Island Province of Basilan and served as its Provincial capital and subject for inclusion in the proposed Bangsamoro government which is the same case with Cotabato City that both residents will be asked if they favored the inclusion of their respective cities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during the plebiscite. 

Salliman stressed, " We don't have any problem in Basilan. Maybe a little but manageable. I will lay down my name here in Isabela City just to win for a yes vote for BOL and we will not allow its defeat," Salliman stressed.