Moro women attend the launching of the Bangsamoro Supports Leni for Justice and Peace (BSLJP) on Saturday, 19 February 2022 in Cotabato City. The BSJLP is campaigning for Leni Robredo for President and Sara Duterte for Vice President. Photo courtesy of Mindanao Peoples Caucus

Bangsamoro Women Support Leni for Justice and Peace, other candidates

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao- A group calling itself the Bangsamoro Supports Leni for Justice and Peace (BSLJP) movement is campaigning in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and other Moro communities nationwide for victory of a women’s team in the May 9, 2022 elections:  Leni Robredo for President, Sara Duterte for Vice President, and Samira Gutoc, Loren Legarda and Risa Hontiveros for senators, Mindanews report said on February 20, 2022.. 
In the said report, they also called on their fellow Moro to vote for reelectionist senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Joel Villanueva, Richard Gordon and Sherwin Gatchalian; and senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno and Robin Padilla. 

According to them, the six male senatorial bets, along with Hontiveros, Legarda, and Gutoc “have demonstrated strong support for the extension of the transition period to 2025 and are consistent champions of the peace process”.  

In their “Manifesto of Support for VP Leni Robredo,” read by BSLJP spokesperson, Ustadh Abdulhadi Daguit, during the launch of the BSJLP on February 19 in Cotabato City, the said that the decision to declare their “unequivocal and uncompromising support” to Vice President Robredo’s bid for the Presidency came “after a series of discussions and reflections.” 

“We all have come to a clear consensus to vote, campaign and mobilize support to help ensure that VP Leni will win in the May 9 elections,” the group said, adding that the BARMM is facing “formidable challenges” and “we consider VP Leni as the best partner for moral governance in the Bangsamoro.”

The group is supporting Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte’s bid for the Vice Presidency but will vote against former Senator and now Presidential frontrunner  Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos whose father, Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, declared martial law in 1972, a year before his second and last term as President would have ended. The group said the Marcos dictatorship brought untold sufferings to the Bangsamoro, with so many Moro people still seeking justice, Mindanews news report said.