109th Base Command holds Advocacy on Understanding the Bangsamoro Peace Process

COLUMBIO, SULTAN KUDARAT ---- The 109th Base Command of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), Eastern Mindanao Front of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front under Base Commander Haji Abas Bukol held Kanduli with Peace Advocacy on Understanding of the Bangsamoro Peace Process with the theme “Winning Just and Dignified Peace through CAB Implementation” at Damakling Rehabilitation and Dawah Center, Camp Bunawan, Barangay Bialong, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on January 15, 2017.

On his opening message, Commander Bukol said that peace must always be sustained wherever the BIAF members go. They shall be a model peace agent in the community where they live in. 

“MILF policy against illegal drugs begun since 1994 before President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs started. BIAF is strictly implementing the campaign against illegal drugs in the communities of the Bangsamoro.

 Illegal drugs are the source of evils that destroy the minds of the youth who are the hope of our homeland. Besides, these drugs can also be the cause of conflict in the community. Islam prohibits all sources of evils in whatever form. Therefore, we must stop the prevalence of these drugs brought by strangers in our communities”, Bukol added.

Melanio Ulama, BTC Commissioner who hails from the Teduray tribe, a Temuay (Datu) himself) and MILF Peace Implementing Panel member told the audience, “We are here for peace that we have been seeking for. Whatever your religion is, whoever you are, you are included in the peace process in Mindanao.”

“Bangsamoro Basic Law recognizes the rights of indigenous people and the Christian settlers”, he stressed.

“Moros and Indigenous people who lived peacefully were the native inhabitants of Mindanao since time immemorial. Now, we are living with our Christian brothers who are settlers from Luzon and Visayas. All of us are seeking lasting peace in Mindanao. So, we must love each other to win just and dignified peace through CAB Implementation”, Ulama added.

LGUs officials who delivered their messages that declared commitment of support were Datu Amir Musali, Mayor of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, Datu Abubakar Paglas, Mayor of Paglas, Maguindanao, Datu Abdulkarim Lankuno, Mayor of Paglat, Maguindanao and Jojo Ortiso, Sangguan Bayan member of Tulunan and a representative of Mayor Reuel Limbungan of Tulunan, North Cotabato.  

Other speakers included Shiekh Khalifa Nanado, of MILF Supreme Court, Shiek Abdulfatah Delna, Shiek Badrodin Duka, Sheik Abdulrahim Mulilis, CCCH Member, Mogawan K. Manunggal and Professor Esmael A. Abdula, Executive Director of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute Inc. and BLMI Steering Committee Member.

Abdula explained the stages of the Bangsamoro Struggle for Right to Self Determination, and the gains of the GPH-MILF Peace Process.

Abdula narrated the Bangsamoro armed struggle from 1968-1997 and cited the bloody war during Martial Law, the Estrada – All-out war of April 2000 &  Gloria Arroyo– All-out war  of February 11, 2004 and the 2008 offensive launched by Comdr. Bravo and the late Aleem Ameril Umbra at the aftermath of Supreme Court’s junking of the MOA-AD.


Abdula also mentioned the signed agreements, particularly the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamaoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), signed on March 27, 2014 that recognized the legitimacy of the cause of the Bangsamoro people in Southern Philippines and provided for the creation of a Bangsamoro new political entity.


BIAF commanders, PNP Columbio, AFP 38 IB, religious sectors, academe, indigenous people and women sector also attended the program.