UBJP-Basilan Conducts Advocacy on Bangsamoro Organic Law

ISABELA, Basilan- United Bangsamor Justice Party-Lantawan Chapter conducted advocacy on Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on Nov. 1, 2018 at Barangay Lower Manggas with substantial number of participants.

According to Abu Osama Al Yakani, Chief Executive of UBJP Lantawan, that upon the request of local leaders and residents to conduct advocacy in their respective barangays they were able to hold at least two or three advocacies for the past two months. 

This writer was surprise to learn that Lower Manggas, a mainly Tao Sug speaking community known before as MNLF supporters are now members of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) who secretly underwent training few years ago, and most of them trained at Camp Salman al Farsi. 

Among them are Ustadz Latip and Ustadz Jamil who are the core organizers of the activity. Abu Osama spoke about the salient points of BOL, while Majid A. Nur, MILF Information Director of Basilan talked about Moro Identity and the historical perspective of the Bangsamoro struggle.

There were questions raised by Ustadz Jamil in local dialect such as, 1. Uno in mahasil ta ha BARMM? (What can we get/benefit from the BARMM?) 2. Mayta pa sabian in ARMM? (Why abolish ARMM?) 

Abo Osama explained some benefits of the BARMM such as the block grants which is an automatic appropriation that is not granted to the ARMM. The Special Development Fund of 50 Billion Pesos for livelihood & rehabilitation, and more powers granted to the Bangsamoro .

At the end of the activity, some residents of adjacent Barangay of Buanza, the stronghold of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon during the Marawi Siege requested Abu Osama to conduct another advocacy in their barangay as many residents have not attended the advocacy.