Posted to the pro-CPP Davao Today (Dec 15): Photo: NPA attack
According to Mr. Domingo G. Lardizabal, District In-charge, “It is so important that BBL is included in this meeting so that teachers could be enlightened and can be cleared of their doubts especially their employment status under the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) period as rumors are being scattered in all walks of life that the teachers will be terminated upon the advent of BTC”.
Former House Deputy Speaker Gerry A. Salapuddin, Majid A. Nur, member of the BLM Steering Committee and Ibno A. Saddalan, Basilan Provincial Information Director were invited as speakers.
Salapuddin, also former Basilan Governor said, “Without peace even if you have a beautiful house and good business you are not secured. BBL is a political agreement to end the war in the south. If it is passed by congress it is the key to peace and development which have been deprived of us because of conflict.”
“Peace was so elusive the past four (4) decades”, he said further.
Mr. Nur quoting the statement of Cagayan De Oro Mayor Cesar Moreno when he met him on September 23, 2014 at his office in CDO that said, “The country should give some portion of Mindanao which presently called the ARMM. The Philippines as whole was once ruled by Muslims prior to the coming of the Spaniards”.
A certain Ms. Reyna asked, “What will happen to the areas that will vote no during plebiscite, can they still avail benefits from the Bangsamorio? Salapuddin answered, “Yes they can still avail regular benefits from the Central Government but not from the Bangsamoro Government just like Isabela City”. “Mayor Cherrylyn Santos has been requesting some projects from the ARMM’s Regional Governor Office but turned down because Isabela City is not part of ARMM.”
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Lardizabal expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the speakers as they were so honored and well-enlightened because their ‘agam-agam’ or doubts had been clarified. The teachers, better known as modern day heroes or heroine for molding the youth parted ways with smiles on their faces as their concerns were addressed by the speakers.