MILF Conducts Orientation on BOL to its Community Members

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) conducted an orientation on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to preachers, imams, and other community members on December 16, 2018 at Barangay Bugawas, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. 

The orientation aims to equip preachers on how they can effectively inculcate to the minds of Muslims through their sermons during the Friday congregational prayer on the benefits of BOL to every Moro and community.

There were around 400 individuals who attended the orientation.

Ustadz Muslimen Limba, Chairman of the MILF Committee on Da’wah, a subordinate committee of Kutawato Provincial Committee said, “As Islamic Preachers, we need to maximize our efforts on how people can internalize their understanding of BOL.

Mr. Nas Pulindao, Director, Committee on Information of the MILF discussed the salient provisions of BOL. His discussion focused on Fiscal & Political autonomy as stipulated in the organic law, the 55 exclusive powers and the Sharia’h Justice System. 

He also tackled the Bangsamoro struggle since its inception in 1968, and the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro people by foreign and local colonialists.

He underscored that the Moro struggle has now shifted from “bullets to the ballots”, meaning the MILF, as peace partner of the government is transformed into a legal institution to finally end the decades-old conflict in Mindanao through the ratification of the BOL slated on January 21st, and February 6.

“The MILF has previously declared its position that the status quo is unacceptable. In fact, this position is included in the BOL,” Pulindao said.

Pulindao stressed to the Committee members to campaign hard for BOL so that the yes vote will win during the plebiscite in their respective communities.

An open forum followed after Pulindao’s presentation.