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‘Breakaway’ MNLF group backs BOL

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BOL SUPPORT. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza meets with MNLF leaders in Davao City on Friday (Nov. 2, 2018). To his left is former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri. (Photo courtesy of OPAPP)

A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which emerged in the wake of an ouster move against Moro leader Nur Misuari as MNLF chairman a few years back, has thrown its support to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri said in a meeting with Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza in Davao City  on November 2 that they have agreed to implement a massive information, education and communication campaign to push forward the BOL’s ratification in January.

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ARMM guv confident BOL can withstand legal scrutiny

COTABATO CITY – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman said Friday he is confident the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) can hurdle scrutiny at the Supreme Court. “We cannot allow the personal interests or anyone to again sow discord where we so clearly need… Read More

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Jikiri’s group was also known as the Council of 15 and was formed in late 2001 by the MNLF’s most senior leaders amid claims that Misuari had lost regard of the Moro people. It was previously chaired by Muslimen Sema, Misuari’s vice chair for political affairs, and was recognized by then president Gloria Arroyo as the real MNLF.
In the meeting with Dureza, Jikiri and his group said they were “committed to help the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte by supporting the BOL and campaigning in the plebiscite.”
Jikiri said the campaign would cover “all areas” that were proposed for inclusion in the future Bangsamoro entity.
He said they will partner with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to develop and implement a multi-stakeholder campaign on the issue.
Misuari’s faction was unclear in its support of the BOL. However, it has been reported by Duterte that the aging Moro leader had voiced several concerns over it, including the perception on diminished autonomy and powers. Misuari also insisted on the 1996 peace agreement he had signed with the government.
Duterte had repeatedly said he was talking to Misuari to convince the Moro leader to support the BOL, which he described as the last shot to forging peace in Mindanao.
The President even floated the idea of creating a separate autonomous region for Misuari’s group.
“I’d like to talk to Nur on what he really wanted so that I can give it by the end of the year,” Duterte said in Zamboanga Sibugay in July 2018. He said Misuari can have “autonomy.”
“If that is what he wants and pending the federal system implementation,” he added.
Firdausi Abbas, Jikiri’s foreign minister vice chair, had earlier suggested that Misuari’s faction should also be included, particularly in the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the body that would steer the new region until the elections in 2022.
Abbas, in an interview by Manila Bulletin in August, said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) can have 80 percent of the representation to the BTA, the members of whom Duterte will be appointing. His group, he added, was willing to take just 10 percent and the remaining 10 percent should go to Misuari’s faction.
“We still consider them (Misuari’s faction) part of the MNLF,” he added.
Meanwhile, Dureza — in a statement — acknowledged the “strong commitment” of Jikiri’s group to help the national government push for a “greater level of public awareness” on the BOL.
“I am very pleased with the MNLF’s determined efforts to help the Duterte administration in generating a groundswell of support for BBL and ensure its ratification,” Dureza told Jikiri during the meeting.
“The MNLF, under the leadership of Chair Jikiri, has over the years been a reliable partner of the national government in sustaining the gains of peace in Mindanao,” he added.
Dureza noted that Monday’s meeting was an affirmation of the Oct. 7 meeting of the Jikiri-led MNLF in Sulu, during which, a resolution was passed declaring the organization’s “unequivocal support” for the BOL. (PNA)

PEACE

bong go jaafarSAP GO: BOL signals start of peace in Mindanao

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed hope that the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will signal the start of lasting peace in Mindanao.

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Go made this remark during the ceremonial signing of the BOL on Monday at the Malacañang Palace in the presence of several lawmakers and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

The BOL was signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on July 27, 2018, days after it was ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Ang pagpirma ni Pangulong Duterte sa BOL ay nagsisilbing pagsisimula ng katapusan ng kaguluhan at paghihirap sa Mindanao. Ibig sabihin, dito po natin makikita na kung may political will ang president, walang impo-imposible (President Duterte’s signing of the BOL signals the end of war and misery in Mindanao. This means nothing is impossible with a president who has political will),” Go said.

He encouraged all Filipinos to take part in the next steps that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will face.

Under the new law, a plebiscite will be held in the Bangsamoro between 90 and 150 days after its effectivity.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILFearlier expressed support for Go’s senatorial bid and thanked  President Duterte’s top aide  for his help in facilitating in Congress and the Office of the President the process of approving BOL formerly named Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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House, Senate approve Bangsamoro Basic Law

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second and third reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which has been certified as urgent by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

With 227 affirmative votes, 11 negative votes, and 2 abstention, the House passed the substitute bill of House Bill 6475, which provides for the BBL and seeks to abolish the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The substitute bill contains the proposed amendments discussed during the three all-member caucuses.

Under the rules, the House can only vote a measure on third reading after copies of the bill that passed second reading are given to its members at least three days prior to voting. But with the President’s certification, the House can now vote on third reading immediately after the second reading.
The Senate unanimously approved on third and final reading early Thursday morning its version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), following marathon deliberations that started Wednesday afternoon prior to the closing of the Second Regular Session of the 17th Congress.
The chamber approved Senate Bill 1717, or the Act Providing for the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, with 21 affirmative votes and no negative votes after ending deliberations at around 1 a.m.
Read More: Senate unanimously approves proposed BBL on final reading
Opposition lawmakers in the House said the proposed BBL is unconstitutional as it seeks to abolish the ARMM, which was provided for by the Constitution, using just mere legislation.
The bill aims to establish a political entity, provide for its basic structure of government in recognition of the justness and legitimacy of the cause of the Bangsamoro people and their aspiration to chart their political future through a democratic process that will secure their identity and posterity and allow for a meaningful self-governance.
One major amendment is the conduct of only one plebiscite not earlier than 90 days or later than 120 days after the effectivity of the BBL.
There will also be a block grant to the region amounting to five percent of the national revenue. (PNA)

MILF FOR GO

BANGSAMORO SUPPORTS BONG GO SENATORIAL BID

BONG GO MILF

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

“He deeply understands the problems of the Bangsamoro people and the importance of addressing them to ensure just and dignified peace in Mindanao. He is profoundly aware of what is needed for the attainment of the socio-economic prosperity of the country.”

For this, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front )MILF) is supporting the senatorial bid of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Lawrence Christopher “Bong” Go in the 2019 mid-term elections..
The MILF is at the homestretch of signing a final peace agreement with the Philippine government.
BANGSAMORO
President Rodrigo Duterte has formed the MILF-led Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), that would create a new Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao. 
Ghazali Jaafar, MILF First vice chairman and BTC chairman, in a statement of support for SAP Go’s run for the Senate, said SAP Go served as facilitator between the BTC and President Duterte and government agencies.
Through SAP Go, the BTC was able to expedite the legislative process of the BBL in the Senate and the House of Representatives, said Jaafar.
With his significant contribution, the BTC leadership believes that SAP Go deserves to be endorsed and supported in the coming 2019 senatorial race, said the MILF leader.
As Senator, we believe that SAP Go can contribute more to our shared goal to ensure the success of the future Bangsamoro government and ultimately achieve lasting peace and prosperity in Mindanao, said Jaafar.

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GO FOR SENATOR

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

“He deeply understands the problems of the Bangsamoro people and the importance of addressing them to ensure just and dignified peace in Mindanao. He is profoundly aware of what is needed for the attainment of the socio-economic prosperity of the country.”

For this, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front )MILF) is supporting the senatorial bid of Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Lawrence Christopher “Bong” Go in the 2019 mid-term elections..

The MILF is at the homestretch of signing a final peace agreement with the Philippine government.

BANGSAMORO

President Rodrigo Duterte has formed the MILF-led Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), that would create a new Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao. 

Ghazali Jaafar, MILF First vice chairman and BTC chairman, in a statement of support for SAP Go’s run for the Senate, said SAP Go served as facilitator between the BTC and President Duterte and government agencies.

Through SAP Go, the BTC was able to expedite the legislative process of the BBL in the Senate and the House of Representatives, said Jaafar.

With his significant contribution, the BTC leadership believes that SAP Go deserves to be endorsed and supported in the coming 2019 senatorial race, said the MILF leader.

As Senator, we believe that SAP Go can contribute more to our shared goal to ensure the success of the future Bangsamoro government and ultimately achieve lasting peace and prosperity in Mindanao, said Jaafar.

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GO FOR SENATOR