BARMM Chief Minister Ebrahim: Success in the Bangsamoro Govt measured on the normalcy of situation of Moro people

COTABATO CITY – “Success in the Bangsamoro government will be measured on the normalcy of situation of Moro people”, Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim Alhadj, Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) said during the launch of the Communities of Inclusion and Resilience Through Collaborative Local Engagements (CIRCLE) Project in Pasay City on August 8, 2019 organized by Balay Mindanaw with supported from The Asia Foundation (TAF). 

“We know that even if we succeed in having a government, but if the situation will not return to normal, then we cannot claim success”, he said.

Ebrahim explained that the remaining non-state armed groups capitalized on the failure of some peace negotiations.

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) sprouted after the non-signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) claimed that the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the GRP and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was not duly implemented, and a radical group in Marawi started forming after the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“And this is the reason why the big challenge for us is to be able to succeed because unless we succeed, then we see that there is no end to the struggle of the people because they will all be facing frustrations and I am very happy that now with the new government, the international community is very supportive,” Ebrahim said.

“Despite the successes of the current peace process in establishing a new government, more inclusive and relevant to the aspiration of the majority of the people in the area, particularly the Bangsamoro, yet we are all aware that ensuring sustainable peace and progress is still very challenging,” he continued.

Ebrahim said “We know that there are still among our brothers in the organization who are still out there and who still believe that joining the government is what they call "Murtad", meaning "apostate" or "the one who has left the folds of the religion." 

“And this is the challenge, the big challenge that we have to prove them – that we are not traitors, we are in the government because we want the government to be part of our struggle, part of Jihad,” he stressed.

Ebrahim appealed to the BARMM Local Government Units (LGUs) as front liners to be partners and work together as one, with common objectives and move in unison in countering violent extremism and other threats to peace and security in the BARMM.

The Chief Minister underscored that the current leadership of the new Bangsamoro Government is committed to cooperate in working together with other stakeholders to ensure that the BARMM LGUs will exhaust all efforts in creating community-based solutions to prevent violent extremism.

The Bangsamoro leader has reiterated that moral governance is one of the main advocacies of the new government aimed at demonstrating that being in the government can still be part of the Jihad that they have sworn in to. 

“As long as we do what our religion teaches us, then it is part of the long struggle we have been with,” Ebrahim said.