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Triple events mark Mindanao Week of Peace culmination

MARAWI CITY - Triple events were held at the MSU Campus on December 2, 2015 as culminating activities in the observance of the Mindanao Week of Peace.

The activities, organized by MSU-Inspired Youth Optimistic Guild (IYOG), in collaboration with the IPDM, Psychology Department and AMDF, include Walk for Peace, Hataw Para Sa Kapayapaan and Dialogue on Peace: Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) Updates.

The Walk for Peace was held from 5:30 am to 7:00 am, while the Hataw Para Sa Kapayapaan was held from &:00 am to 9:00 am.

The Dialogue on Peace was held at the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) MSU Convergence Hall from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with over 100 students participating.

IPDM Director Matuan Moctar welcomed the participants while Atty. Raisa Jajurie of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and Fatima Alian, of Nisa Ul Haqq, served as resource speakers.

Atty. Jajurie discussed salient points of the BBL, while Madam Fatima Alian spoke on Partnership Building Experiences and Insights from South to North.

Atty. Jajurie said that the original BBL draft went through some revisions. She said the BBL has now become the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), which contains about 242 Sections.

She discussed political and electoral systems, ministerial form of government, fiscal autonomy, block grant, revenue generation, economy, Bangsamoro Justice System, exclusive, expressed and reserved powers, as well as transitional justice, rehabilitation and development and plebiscite.

She said the Basic Law must conform with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamororo (CAB), must not be inferior than the government before and must address the Bangsamoro question.

She said the Basic Law is now on the second reading and Congress will take a break on December 15, this year and will be back sometime in January or February next year.

She said once the BBL is enacted into law, the core territories that voted affirmatively to join the ARMM which include the five provinces of the region and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi, the six towns of Lanao del Norte, and the 36 barangays of the different towns in North Cotabato, will vote during the plebiscite or referendum to signify their intention to join the autonomous region.

She said the people in the province of Lanao del Norte will participate in the plebiscite for the inclusion of the six towns that voted affirmatively in the last referendum.

She added the people in the municipalities where the barangays are integral parts will participate in the plebiscite to determine whether or not the 36 barangays will join the autonomous region.

Madame Alian cited some challenges like the Mamasapano, the biases and prejudices against the Bangsamoro people, the harassment of some Muslim students in universities, media coverage, and bias reporting by media of the incident.

She said that some people are speaking for the Bangsamoro claiming that they know better than the Bangsamoro people themselves, and putting limits to the BBL.

In the open forum, Atty. Jajurie stressed, “We are not saying that BBL will bring peace in Mindanao. What we are saying is that the BBL is an initial step towards solving the conflicts in Mindanao.” She said,

”We need laws to upgrade the conditions of the Bangsamoro people,” She said, adding that “the creation of the autonomous region is mandated by law and must be done within the flexibility of the constitution.”

She said only the Supreme Court can declare the BBL unconstitutional.

Phil Pa-alan/TNRS

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