In Photo-MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim addressing members of Bangsamoro Islamic Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB) during their 31st Assembly on December 24-25, 2018 at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao

BIWAB holds 13th General Assembly

Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao – With less than a month before the conduct of plebiscite for the ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), the Bangsamoro Islamic Women Auxiliary Brigade (BIWAB) held its 13th General Assembly at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao on December 24-25, 2018. 

The 2-day activity was attended by 2,700 participants from BIWAB’s 32 battalions coming from different Bangsamoro areas.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ibrahim was the Keynote Speaker. 

In his message, he encouraged the BIWAB members to encourage people to vote in the upcoming plebiscite to show the government that the BOL is accepted by all Bangsamoro.

“We need to show that the entire Bangsamoro people approve the BOL. Let us maximize the vote in Maguindanao, Lanao, and Island Provinces. Although there are minor challenges in the province of Sulu due to political interest of some local politicians,” Al Haj Murad said.

In Photo-BIWAB members attentively listening to the message o MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

Al Haj Murad also gave an update on the petition filed by Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II to the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the BOL saying that he is hopeful that it will not be a hindrance in the upcoming plebiscite. 

The plebiscite for the BOL is scheduled on two separate dates. In the current ARMM and the cities of Isabela and Cotabato, voters will cast their vote on January 21, 2019, while in the municipalities of North Cotabato, Lanao del Norte, and those who petitioned for inclusion will vote on February 6, 2019.   

Furthermore, Al Haj Murad also told the participants that the BIWAB will be part of the decommissioning process which will begin after the ratification of the BOL, wherein MILF will decommission 1/3 of its armed forces and weapons.

“A Bangsamoro Regional Police will be established and its structure will still be discussed. There will be some of you who will be accommodated in the security mechanism depending on the qualifications,” Al Haj Murad added. 

He also emphasized that not everyone will be accommodated in the security mechanism, but gave his assurance that the MILF leadership have plans to sustain the organization and transform it from a revolutionary organization to a civilian organization. 

“Whether or not you will be accommodated in the government, the important thing is that you will be part of those that will receive government services and you will feel the benefit of the Bangsamoro government.” 

He encouraged the BIWAB members to continue strengthening their organization as it will continue to exist as a civilian organization after the ratification of the BOL and it will still continue implementing its programs especially on Islamization.

Chairman Al Haj Murad said that: “After the establishment of the Bangsamoro government, the political struggle is completed but our Jihad is not yet done. Because the purpose of our Jihad is to make supreme the word of Allah (SWT) and we will continue to struggle to achieve this even if we are already part of the government,”