Iligan City, Philippines (April 22, 2020) – On the near start of Ramadhan 2020, a Bangsamoro organization One Bangsamoro Movement, Inc. or 1BANGSA has call on the Local Government Units outside Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to provide relief assistance for the Muslims residing in their respective jurisdictions.
The Holy Month of Ramadhan 2020 estimated here to start this April 22 depending on the moon-sighting, otherwise, fasting will begin on April 24, according to National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
In a statement dated April 22, 1BANGSA President Maulana “Alan” Balangi-Amer said that giving aid to Muslims or Bangsamoro people residing outside BARMM is obligatory to LGUs as stated under Republic Act No. 11054 known as Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). The BOL addresses and correcting the long-decade conflict and historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro as President Rodrigo R. Duterte has repeatedly states on its abundance in the congress during its reading, it added.
Over seven (7) million estimated Bangsamoro people residing outside BARMM who are also enclosed by BOL since they have been migrated from Mindanao due to long-standing turmoil and hardship caused by Marcos’ Martial Law decades ago, it was stated. It added that many Muslims stranded in some parts of the country after the declaration of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
A statement of Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Maisara Dandamun-Latiph dated April 18, it says she appeal to the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to direct LGUs to “stop discriminating and excluding Muslims” from government’s relief assistance as they have the right to receive help during this event preventing Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the ECQ.
It added that BTA Latiph said she received numerous complaints from Muslims residing outside BARMM that certain LGUs in-charged of relief operation has excluded Muslims from relief assistance.
Following BTA Latiph’s calls, Balangi has urge LGUs outside BARMM to include Muslims, stranded or residing in their jurisdictions, into Social Amelioration Program (SAP) as it prevents discrimination against them.
“it is favorable that the formation of Bangsamoro National Coordinating Council (BNCC) for all Bangsamoro organizations is an effective and faster response to disasters and relief assistance for Bangsamoro people residing outside BARMM,” Balangi said.
When asked following a press release, Balangi states, “a close-related to BNCC as a coordinating body for the welfare of Bangsamoro people outside BARMM should be discussed in the Republic.” (Deh Saaduddin contributed this article)