Nearly 1M petitioners ask Pres Duterte to certify as urgent the Bangsamoro transition period extension bills
By: Faye Samanodi Akmad – Alfonso
COTABATO CITY (March 6, 2021) — Nearly 1 million petitioners urge President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the various bills in the Senate and House of Representative seeking the extension of Bangsamoro transition period.
As of 2:25 PM, March 6, 2021, around 948,863 individuals signed the said petition requesting Duterte to certify as urgent senate bills 2019/2025 and house bills 8116/8117/8161/8277 that seek to amend section 13 article XVI of Republic act 11054, also known as the Bangsamoro Organic Law, to extend the transition period and setting the first regular election of the Bangsamoro government to May 2025.
The online petition (https://barmm4all2025.com/) was spearheaded by the Mindanao People Caucus (MPC), a peace advocacy group based in Davao City.
The MPC hosted a press conference on March 2, 2021 at Babo Katip’s Restaurant in this city to amplify the said call and seek the assistance of media to help educate the public to understand the importance of the online petition in order to sustain the gains of the Bangsamoro peace process.
Representative of various media entities from the Bangsamoro were invited in the said press conference and actively participated in an open forum moderated by Mahdie Amelia, council member of the MPC.
Media practitioners threw questions trying to understand the relevance of the said petition in achieving peace in Mindanao.
DXJC 99.0 Voice FM Cotabato, the Bangsamoro Media Production, Bangsamoro Information Office-BARMM, Bangsamoro Communications Network (BCN), DXMY, Online News TV- Brigada News, DXMS, Philippine Daily Inquirer, MindaNews and other news outlets were present in the said event.
The Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN) did the live streaming coverage of the press conference.
Some invited speakers from CSO in Metro Manila joined the activity trough zoom.
They related that their group also organized peace rally last February 16 in front of the House of Representatives to amplify their call for the Bangsamoro transition period extension. Organizers were able to gather hundreds of supporters from different areas in National Capital Region.
Atty. Mary Ann Arnado of MPC, the main speaker of the conference, had explained the initiatives of the stakeholders from the various Catholic Academe Institutions like in Xavier University, Ateneo De Davao University, and government run SCUs like the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College and Mindanao State University to show support for the petition.
She said there are CSO’s groups in the Bangsamoro and outside Bangsamoro signed the petition.
Mr. Herbert Demos of Sentro SOCKSARGEN shared their effort in mobilising the signature campaign within the territory of Sarangani Province where they gathered ten thousand (10,000) signatures including more than two thousand 2,000 in Gensan City.
Mr. Juhan Alihuddin from Save Sulu who was one of the frontliner during the peace rally in Manila to Call for Bangsamoro Transition Extension vented that they gathered more than 20,000 signatures within the three (3) weeks in their land of promise in Sulu.
CSO Movement for Moral Governance spokesperson, Mr. Ammier Dodo mentioned about their implemented initiatives in organising online petition in North Cotabato be it CSO’s or People’s Organizations, the local Barangay Chairman & Sangguniang Kabataan leaders to assist the grassroots supporters in signing the online petition who have no the internet access in the areas.
Ustadh Abdulhadi Daguit who spoke via zoom from Metro Manila said a strong organizing effort in various communities in Manila such as Montalban, Taguig, Quezon City, Pacheco has earned support for the extension of Bangsamoro transition period 2025.
They were part of the initiator of the peace rally last month happened in front of the Congress in Quezon City, Philippines.
Daguit stressed that they have started their signature campaigns online and garnered 6,000 signatures.
He said about 30,000 residents of Maharlika Village in Taguig City will support the online petition and more than 3,000 from Montalban, Rizal will mobilize to sign the online campaign.
Other civic groups supporting the online petition includes the Civil Society Organizations Movement for Moral Governance (CSO-MMG), Save Sulu Movement and Sentro SOCKSARGEN.
Be counted. Sign the online petition by clicking the link below.