Maguindanao celebrates Bangsamoro Week of Peace by holding Forum on Bangsamoro History and Struggle

The Provincial Government of Maguindanao celebrated Bangsamoro Week of Peace by conducting a Forum on Bangsamoro History and Struggle with the theme: "Revisiting the past, continuing the Cause”, participated by student leaders from different schools, Out-of-School Youth representatives from different municipalities in Maguindanao Province last March 18, 2017 at Women Center, Buluan, Maguindanao.

The program started with invocation followed by messages of student leaders and representatives.

On behalf of Provincial Governor, Engr. Wahab Tunga, Provincial Administrator gave an inspirational message.

He emphasized the value and importance of Youth participation in the development and nation building, thus he strongly encouraged the youth participants to study well for they will be the future leaders of Bangsamoro.

Professor Esmael A. Abdula, Executive Director of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute and BLMI Steering Committee member discussed” Highlights of the Bangsamoro History in connection with the celebration of Week of Peace.

According to him, the young generation should be aware and internalize Moro History, the story of their ancestors struggle against colonialists and the Bangsamaoro contemporary struggle so that they are always reminded of the courage, gallantry and determination of their forebears in defense of Moro culture and tradition, homeland and Islam.”

It is also equally important for the new generation to understand the contemporary struggle of the Moro people so that they can prepare for the future, and for any eventuality that may happen”, Abdula stressed.

He said that the Moros who are Muslims were centuries ahead of the colonizers in the Philippines. They have their own culture and tradition and they were governed by the sultanates. There was peace in Moro communities before colonizers arrived.

Abdula also narrated the stages of Bangsamoro Struggle for Right to Self Determination and the peace negotiations that took place, as well as the peace deals signed between the government and the Moro Fronts.

Abdula considered the expansion of the Bangsamoro transition Commission (BTC) with 21 members, tasked to craft a new Bangsamoro Law as ‘ways forward”. He said that by the grace of Allah (SAW), such a development will lead to a political settlement of the Bangsamoro Question.