Friday, February 13, 2015

Maranaos hold rally in support to BBL; donate money for martyred MILF combatants

Posted to the MILF Website (Feb 13): Maranaos hold rally in support to BBL; donate money for martyred MILF combatants

Maranaos hold rally in support to BBL; donate money for martyred MILF combatants

Malabang, Lanao del Sur - Synchronized rallies in major cities in Mindanao including Quezon City in Metro Manila right in front of the House of Representatives, Maranaos  also staged their own rally yesterday at Palaza Cabili in Bonggolo, Marawi City and called for support to the BBL.

The rally participants also contributed money, mostly coins for the families of the eighteen (18) martyred combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who perished in misencounter with members of the PNP-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) last January 25 at Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

“Puro na lang ba yung SAF-44 ang pinaguusapang tutulungan, paanu naman ang mga  naulila ng namatay na 18 MILF members?” lamented one elderly participant, who refused to be named”.

“Kahit pa piso-piso lang we can gather sufficient amount to help the families of the martyred MILF fighters and civilians. They are “shaheeds” (martyrs). They died for us and the Bangsamoro,” rally emcee Hadji Acmad Lao said upon seeing a group of students being given their “baon” (food provision).

“Hindi natin kaya yung millions na binigay sa SAF 44 pero gusto nating ipahiwatig sa mga pamilya ng ating mga “Shaheed” na hindi natin sila nakakalimutan”, Lao added.
The mammoth crowd that caused traffic congestion in the city was composed of students, professionals, women, MILF supporters and members, government retirees, businessmen, local politicians and even peace supporters coming from as far as coastal town of Malabang (Ranaoragat) that had to travel for 2 hours to reach the venue.

Various speakers took turns urging Congress and Senate to hasten the enactment of the BBL into law and not to let the Mamasapano misencounter derail it.

“Our stand in local government remains strong in supporting the programs of President Benigno Aquino III and the immediate approval of the BBL” said one mayor who requested anonymity.

One speaker even quoted the words of BTC Chair Mohager Iqbal, “the BBL is the sum of our hopes and dreams. It may mean nothing to you. But it is the whole world to us. It is what we got. It is what we only have.”

In an earlier published statement, twelve (12) Muslim solons led by Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong renewed their commitment of support to President Aquino in finding meaningful, lasting and sustainable peace and urged their colleagues in the chamber not to let the incident in Mamasapano affect the enactment of the proposed Bangsamoro Law.

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