Posted to the MILF Website (Nov 30): KPi, MYB-Maguindanao hold Bangsamoro Peace Youth Forum
KalilintadPeacebuilding Institute Inc.(KPI)in partnership with Muslim Youth Brotherhood (MYB) – Maguindanao Provincial Chapter and Datu Ibrahim Paglas Memorial College conducted one day Bangsamoro Youth Peace Forum with the theme: Unity and Solidarity towards Peace, Justice and Development on November 28, 2015 at Datu Ibrahim Paglas Memorial College.
About 300 participants composed of youth / Student leaders from different schools in the 2nd District of Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat Province attended the program.
AbdulazizB. Talib, Administrative Staff of Eastern Kutawatao Islamic Institute, (EKII) gave updates on the current status of BBL. “There is hope, but there is no assurance of approving the original version of BBL”, he said, quoting Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chairman Mohagher Iqbal.
“Some senators are pushing for the passage of the BL-BAR. BL-BAR is a substitute bill of the Malacañan-MILF agreed version of BBL, where 80% of which were either deleted and or revised”, he added.
Abusama Abad, Department Head of Datu Ibrahim Paglas Memorial College-high school department, advised the youth to study well. “My children, be serious in your studies. Studying hard is your hope in the future”, said Abad.
Abusama Acob, Principal (Mudir) of Mahad Hadiguia Binti Khuwailid and representative of the religious sector, emphasized the importance of Islam in the whole life of individual and society. “Islam is a complete way of life. Islam means the religion of peace”, he quoted.
Dante G. Mulod, Chairman of Muslim Youth Brotherhood (MYB) – Maguindanao Provincial Chapter, said that the youth has vital role in peace process. They need to use their skills, especially in social media to help advocate for the passage of BBL.
Prof Esmael A. Abdula, Executive Director of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute Inc. (KPI) and BLMI Steering Committee member, narrated briefly the stages of Bangsamoro struggle from the coming of foreign invaders until the historic signing of FAB, CAB and the draft BBL.
“In this issue of BBL legislation, the youth are the most affected sectors of society because they are potential future leaders who will architect a genuine democratic country. You as youth must participate in political issues because you have essential role”, he said.
In the open forum, the youth expressed their worries about the substitute bill known as Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BL BAR) which will not solve the Mindanao problem and will possibly worsen the situation in Moro homeland.
Finally, the youth prepared a petition letter opposing BL BAR and urging the Congress to immediately pass the original version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.