Marawi City, Philippines (May 25, 2020) – Maranao people here considered this year’s Islamic festival ending the Ramadhan month, Eid Al-Fitr, a ‘bitter’ past compared to the 2017’s ‘saddest’ gathering during Marawi siege, 1BANGSA Maulana “Alan” Balangi-Amer said Monday.
Manila Times reported the 2017 Eid Al-Fitr in Islamic City of Marawi as ‘saddest.’
Balangi-Amer said, “Compare to the 2017 Eid in Marawi, this year’s Eid with the threat of Covid-19 is more bitter than we experienced.”
According to Balang-Amer, the tight mutual attachment amongst Maranaos gradually faltering after Marawi City became war-zone of combined Islamic state’s local allies here, Dawlah Islamiyyah-Abu Sayyaf, and government troops which began in May 23, 2017.
The first day of 5-month brute firefight in this city has converged 2017 Ramadhan moonsighting until clash ended on October 23, 2017 which left damaged public and private establishments, unreported hundreds of civilians killed and forgotten missing children and women, according to Balangi-Amer.
In the midst of rising pandemic cases which impacted the strict implementation of quarantine protocols, Maranaos even many Bangsamoro people nationwide have subordinated to the lead to help prevent the spread of the virus, he told Dateliners.
He added, “however those his fellows outside Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) were uncertain where or which to lean between National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCFM) and Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) during this epidemic crisis since a body for Bangsamoro coordinating council is yet to discuss.”
Balangi-Amer said they formed 1BANGSA as a frontliner of Bangsamoro people nationwide following the signing of Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that has ceased Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Philippine Government then yielded the Republic Act No. 11054 or known as “Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).”
He remarked that evasion of his fellows from government relief assistance thru local governments and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will result to the ‘new strip’ between them in this small country as BOL corrects injustices committed to Bangsamoro people.
Balang-Amer said, “we are pleading to fellow Bangsamoro people particularly to the victims of the Marawi siege to continue being stronger.” He added, “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BPBP) is the possible chance to start a new beginning in our province.”
The Bangsamoro frontliner renewed their call for the encouraging outcomes of pending bill “Lake Development Office” in both Houses of Congress and “Ranaw Development Athority” in BARMM legislative chamber for welcoming BPBP in the region. (Deh Saaduddin contributed this article)