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The BTC was thankful for Mayor Guiani’s expression of support who said that “Cotabato City is very much willing to give assistance.”
“Everyone is for peace,” Guiani said.
Comm. Raissa Jajurie made a presentation on the BTC’s activities. She mentioned how the commission submitted a proposed draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on April 22, 2014 to the Office of the President (OP) for review. On June 21, 2014, the OP returned the proposed BBL draft containing comments and revisions which BTC Chairman Mohagher Iqbal described as “heavily diluted” version of the BBL. The BTC then issued a resolution on July 3, 2014 to elevate the issue to the MILF and GPH panels in order to come with a mutually agreed BBL draft which is expected to be achieved by August 18, 2014.
Mayor Guiani expressed hoped that the peace process keeps moving forward. As he said, “sana tuloy-tuloy na.”
Guiani also stressed the importance of peace in Mindanao.
“Peace is a very elusive dream. If that could be attained for a long lasting peace in Mindanao, everybody will live in harmony and the next generation will enjoy the fruits of these ongoing talks,” he said.
All of the BTC Commissioners were present except for Commissioner Peter Eisma who was in Zamboanga to attend a very important forum and Chairman Mohagher Iqbal who sent a letter to Mayor Guiani informing him that he could not make it to the courtesy call as he needs to be with his son who was diagnosed with dengue.
The BTC’s office is located in Cotabato City, one of the cities included in the proposed core territory of the Bangsamoro that will undergo a plebiscite in 2015.