UBJP holds 1st Provincial Assembly in Marawi City

Marawi City, 07 May 2017. United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP), a political party established by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, held its first historic assembly at the MSU Dimaporo Gymnasium, Marawi City yesterday attended by more than 10,000 participants from the different municipalities of Lanao del Sur.

“UBJP towards a transparent and accountable Bangsamoro Governance” is the theme of the assembly.

The mammoth crowd is unprecedented especially for a newly created political party that has no funding of its own. Officers, members, supporters and sympathizers trooped to the MSU main campus in Marawi City where participants started to gather as early as 7:00 o’clock in the morning.

At the strike of 12:00 noon, the number of those officially registered is 10,259. The secretariat decided to use blank sheets of bond paper after they run out of official registration sheets.

If number is an indication, then, the gathering is an overwhelming success. Invited guests were impressed by the fact that participants stayed until past 12 noon when the last speaker was able to deliver his message. While there were some who went out momentarily to answer the call of nature or be able to minimize their pangs of hunger, everyone made sure they came back shortly to complete the event to its finish. 

An estimated 2-3 thousand participants were refused entrance into the jam-packed gymnasium as there were no more seats available. They chose to listen to the speakers in their parked vehicles or around the gymnasium, thanks to a very good sound system.

UBJP is a regional political party in Mindanao organized by the MILF in compliance with the provision of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. It is an organization that will serve as a political front in anticipation of the envisioned Bangsamoro government that will be established once the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is enacted by congress. The political party was officially registered and accredited by COMELEC in May 2015.

Dr. Saffrullah M. Dipatuan, UBJP Lanao del Sur Provincial Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, underscored in his message before the assembly that: “the UBJP is a political party organized not only to win elections but an organization that will work 24/7 for the realization of a transparent and accountable Bangsamoro Governance.” He further said: “This is the only way that we can promote and achieve social justice. Even if the Bangsamoro government is finally established, it does not mean that our struggle has ended.” 

Dr. Dipatuan also said that one of the principal reasons for the emergence of so-called violent extremism in Mindanao is the non-implementation of signed peace agreements. In this connection, he called on the government to immediately pass a CAB-compliant BBL that will immediately lead to the establishment of a Bangsamoro government, which should be followed by a shift to a federal form of government where the Bangsamoro is one of the component states of the future Federal Republic of the Philippines.

Dr. Dipatuan assured the assembly that the UBJP will work for the promotion of a graft and corrupt-free governance where the people are living in a peaceful and prosperous way of life in a state or sub-state coexisting harmoniously with its neighbors.

In his Keynote Address, Hon. Sammy Al-Mansoor Gambar of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), who is also the incumbent UBJP Secretary General and BIAF Chief of Staff, congratulated the officers and members of UBJP Lanao del Sur for a very successful assembly. He explained in detail the reasons why the MILF Central Committee decided to create UBJP.

H.E. MGEN Datuk Masrani Bin Paiman, Head of Mission of the International Monitoring Team (IMT-12) based in Cotabato City, delivered a very enlightening Inspirational Address.

Cmdr. Janati S. Mimbantas of the Northeastern Mindanao Front of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) reiterated the full support and commitment of the entire forces of the BIAF under his command composing of 7 BIAF Base Commands to the UBJP since he believe that “UBJP can transform our old and rotten society to a new and prosperous society, transform our stark poverty to richness and abundance, change our sorrows and pains to delight, comfort and happiness, change our darkness that entangled us for centuries to a brighter future and lasting peace.” 

Representatives of different sectors and organizations took turns expressing their strong support and commitment to the advocacies of UBJP.