CBCS lauded for its help in bringing the Bangsamoro sentiments to public

Sectoral leaders of Bangsamoro from Southern Mindanao lauded the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) for its key role of bringing the Bangsamoro people’s sentiments to public consciousness.

During a project evaluation held at General Santos City on January 13 participated by Muslim women, religious, and youth leaders, the participants commended the CBCS for providing the avenue for ordinary Bangsamoro people to air their grievances and desire for self-determination.

“CBCS gave us a neutral ground for our advocacy for peace and development,” said Datu Yassin from South Cotabato. He added that CBCS provided neutral grounds where issues and concerns of the Bangsamoro people are discussed.

He related further that through CBCS, the Local Government Units are able to collaborate with the local Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in peace advocacy activities to help disseminate information about the on-going peace process between the government and the MILF.

CBCS took the front line in organizing peace advocacy activities with local partners to popularize the status of the peace process and let the public understand the sentiments of the Bangsamoro people. 

Peace forums were conducted to educate the public the need to support the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law which is pushed by the Aquino administration and the MILF.

CBCS also initiated the Mindanao Solidarity Project which aimed to unite the Moro fronts, Kadatuan, and Ulama towards achieving the common goal, a peaceful and progressive Mindanao.

The assessment participants noted that the CBCS opened the opportunity for the Moro National Liberation Front, MILF and traditional leaders to talk to each other discuss how they can help one another to advance the aspiration of the Bangsamoro people through peaceful means.

Tommy Nawa, an active peace advocate from Sarangani province, said more Christians now have learned what the Bangsamoro people have been fighting for after the advocacy activities.

Ridzki Domato from the religious groups noted the presence of barrier between the Muslims and non-Muslims before, however after the CBCS-assisted peace advocacies, the wall between the two faiths is gone.