Sat. May 25th, 2019

MILF grateful for support from Christian leaders for Bangsamoro law


MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is grateful that non-Muslims are campaigning for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, its chairman, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, said.

Ebrahim said Tuesday that among the staunchest endorsers of the BOL is Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, who has been saying that the BOL will correct the “historical injustice” Moro people are ranting about.

Ebrahim said on Tuesday afternoon in Buluan town, that support from Quevedo, Lamitan City Mayor Rose Furigay and her spouse, Vice Mayor Roderick, and Mayor Ramon Piang of Upi town in Maguindanao to the campaign for the ratification of the BOL is a big boost to the southern peace process.

“To all of them, the MILF shall be forever grateful,” Ebrahim said.

Ebrahim was among the key speakers at a forum in Buluan, Maguindanao organized by Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu and his siblings to show that the BOL has support from provincial and municipal officials.

Ebrahim and Mangudadatu both urged the more than 30,000 people in the gathering to vote in favor of the ratification of the BOL during a plebiscite on January 21 in the ARMM’s five provinces.

Besides the ARMM’s 118 towns, the Commission on Elections shall also administer the plebiscite on February 6 in several towns in North Cotabato, in Lanao del Norte and in the cities of Isabela and in Cotabato in Regions 9 and 12, respectively

He said the MILF is also grateful to the non-Moro leaders in North Cotabato, among them Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, for supporting the BOL.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, who is from North Cotabato, also announced last week that he, his relatives and supporters are also for the ratification of the BOL.

“We’re now almost at the finish line of this peace process. Let us remain patient and united in this endeavor,” Ebrahim said.

Ebrahim, Mangudadatu and other local executives on Tuesday assured non-Muslims of religious freedom under the BARMM.

“There is no basis for speculations that this will be beneficial only to Muslims. This is an inclusive vehicle for the attainment of lasting peace, peace for all people with different religions and tribes,” Ebrahim said.

Mangudadatu said there is no basis either for apprehensions of non-Muslims that they would be subjected to Sharia laws under BARMM.

John Unson

John Unson, The Philippine Star's writer and the president of the Kampilan Defense Press Corps (KDPC) based in Sixth Infantry Division (6th ID) at Camp Siongco, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.