FBCSO conducts Orientation-Dialogue on Federalism and BBL in Maguindanao

The Federation of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (FBCSO) in partnership with the Kaladturan Community Development Association, Inc. (KCDAI) and Elamana Farmers Federation held an orientation-dialogue on BBL in the realm of Federalism on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in Poblacion, Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun, Maguindanao.  

Over 1,300 participants mostly community leaders, farmers and local residents attended the activity. 

In his overview of the program, Moidjoddin K. Talusob, President of the Kalilintad Development Foundation, Inc (KDFI) and Secretary General of FBCSO, demonstrated the role of CSO in the aspiration of the Bangsamoro. 

He urged the participants to promote unity and deeply understand the peace track and fully support the GPH-MILF peace implementation process.

He also acknowledged the presence of Datu Bonie T. Kali, Vice Mayor GSKP, Datu Bimbo P. Ali, Barangay Chairman Poblacion Salipada K. Pendatun, Maguindanao and Esmail Kumam, a Moro community leader. 

Shiekh Ibrahim Ali, BTC Commissioner and Chairman, Committee on Da’wah-MILF Central Committee told his audience to be patient and have strong determination and confidence, and understand the scheme of the peace implementation.

Atty. Haron Meling, Executive Assistant to former BTC Chairman motivated the participants by saying that the new administration seems to implement the GPH-MILF Peace Agreement.

Former BTC Chair Mohagher Iqbal, Chairman of Committee on Information-Central Committee and also MILF Chairman of the Implementing peace Panel (IPP) clarified the issues on the implementation of the signed agreements particularly the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), unitary system of government in comparison to federal form of government.

He said that under a federal system, there is a distribution of powers among federal states without relying much to the central government.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) as the basis of passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with the proposed Bangsamoro Government being ministerial in form is similar to the federal system being pushed by the Duterte Administration.  

He reminded the participants that the MILF is not opposing the so-called federalism if the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) becomes the template of Federal Government for the country.

 He challenged the new government to implement the peace agreement by passing the BBL in its original form as the only way to address the historical injustices committed to the Bangsamoro.

Nasser Pulindao, Vice President of the FBCSO told the participants, ”The Moro journey towards the right to self-determination has not ceased unless the Moro problem/question is addressed”.