League of Bangsamoro Organizations to hold Bangsamoro Leaders Summit

Davao City- October 27, 2016 - The League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO), a non-profit union of Bangsamoro Organizations established by more than sixty (60) organizations based in Cotabato City and other neighboring provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat will hold the 2nd Bangsamoro Leaders Peace Summit at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Center, ORG compound Cotabato City, this Sunday, October 30, 2016. 

The upcoming Bangsamoro Leader’s Peace Summit is the second annual event facilitated and hosted by the LBO that seeks to gather Bangsamoro leaders of different affiliations and sectors to discourse contemporary concerns and issues affecting the Bangsamoro people re: social, economic and political aspect where participating leaders shall adopt appropriate resolution. 

LBO Secretary General Mr. Hashim B. Mantikayan said that several civil society organizations, traditional and political leaders, women and youth sectors, the sultanates and other progressive organizations will be in attendance. 

This includes Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman, the chair of two prominent Moro Fronts, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and Datu Muslimin G. Sema of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who will deliver their respective messages.

He added that event organizers  are expecting about 1, 000 public figures from different parts of the country to attend the activity including Sultan Kudarat Governor Pax Mangudadatu, Department of Agriculture (DA) Asec. Atty Ranibai Dilangalen, Grand Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan and some high level government officials in the region.

Mr. Mantikayan told this writer that Cotabato City Mayor Atty. Cynthia Guiani Sayadi will deliver the opening remarks.

“The primordial objective of this annual event is for Bangsamoro Leaders to come up with a unified stand on critical issues confronting the Bangsamoro people, and the current peace roadmap of Duterte’s administration in particular.” said Mantikayan.

The Southern Philippines decades-old Bangsamoro struggle and clamor for Right to Self-Determination (RSD) is considered as one of the longest struggles in the world.

The peace summit could support the Bangsamoro clamor for genuine and lasting peace in the region and would somehow hasten the resolution of the seemingly endless conflict in Central Mindanao.

Mr. Mantikayan pointed out that the upcoming event is part of their peaceful efforts to support the Bangsamoro quest for peace and right to self-determination.  A resolution that maybe adopted shall be forwarded to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Last year, the 1st Bangsamoro Leaders Peace Summit was also conducted by LBO participated by civil society organizations, prominent political and traditional leaders, youth and women sectors and other stakeholders.