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More than 100,000 supporters join peace caravan in support to call for BARMM transition extension

COTABATO CITY (March 21, 2021) — Around 100,000 supporters from Cotabato City, Maguindanao and North Cotabato joined the Bangsamoro Peace Caravan on Thursday (March 18) in support for the call to certify as urgent the bills in the Senate and House of Representatives which seeks for the extension of transition phase of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) from 2022 to 2025.

The initiative was spearheaded by Civil Society Organizations from the BARMM together with other civic groups from cities and provinces outside the Bangsamoro region.

The caravan which lasted for 13 hours started from Barangay Datu Balabaran in Cotabato City traversing the highways of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Guindulungan, Shariff Aguak, Esperanza, Isulan, Tacurong City, Buluan, Datu Paglas, Mlang, Matalam, Kabacan, Pikit, Aleosan, Midsayap, Pigcawayan, and back to Cotabato City.

The Civil Society Organization – Movement for Moral Governance (CSO-MMG) Secretariat recorded more than 10,000 vehicles comprised of motorcycles, cars and other types of vehicles used in the event.

The peace caravan was simultaneously done in Davao region on which Davao City, Panabo City, Tagum City and municipality of Carmen, Davao de Oro had 2,700 total number of vehicles recorded by the organizers.

Thousands of peace advocates from the cities of Koronadal, General Santos, Tacurong and provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat with at least 1,000 vehicles joined in the caravan to show their support.

On March 13, 2021, thousands of peace advocates from Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte held a peace caravan to raise support for the call for the extension of Bangsamoro transition period.

The Mindanao People’s Caucus gathered more than one million signatures asking President 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, otherwise known as the Bangsamoro Organic Law, for the extension of the transition period and setting the first regular election of the Bangsamoro government to May 2025.

Ammier M. Dodo
CSO Movement for Moral Governance
(0907) 419 0195