Parang, Maguindanao- A very pleasant and healthy discussions on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) between the speakers and participants took place during a meeting on November 21, 2014 at Sarmeinto West Elementary School, Parang, Maguindanao.
Supervisor Maliling G. Casan, led the 107 participants in their eagerness to be enlightened and updated on the contents of the basic law.
The activity was coordinated by Parang South District teachers Association President, Principal Tarhata B. Tarapas. The forum started with an invocation led by Ustadz Abdulmaguid Salik and followed by a roll-call of schools whose teachers attended the program.
“A brief summary on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the need to abolish it by replacing it with the new Bangsamoro Region is badly needed”. This was topic by Abu Asma, Information Director of Iranun Province. The BBL and the Basic Rights contained therein were discussed by Abu Asma.
Sheik Abdulhadie Gumander, an Islamic Scholar discussed about Islam. “Why it is called a Religion of PEACE?, he asked. “If only people understand what Islam is all about, then there will be no problem as they can be solved on the basis on the Noble Qur’an and the Hadith (Practices of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him), yet it is being misunderstood”, said Sheik Gumander.
“The same is true with the BBL. Let us understand it well because the people who laboriously worked on it believed that it’s the answer to the problems affecting us in Mindanao.” The BBL was crafted well and balanced, that no rights of people shall be trampled upon – just read the Draft BBL and understand its contents”, Sheik Gumander further said.
After the presentation, an open forum followed whereby the participants were given time to air their worries and other related concerns. With the facilitation of Ms. Christine L. Auditor, queries and doubts of participants were answered by the speakers to the satisfaction of the participants. They realized that all stakeholders will benefit from the BBL irrespective of tribes, religion, etc. They vowed to fully support the passage of the BBL in Congress.