By Tu Alid Alfonso
COTABATO City (April 29, 2015)—The participants of the ‘torch for peace parade’ organized by the Mindanao Alliance for Peace (MAP) have traversed streets of Sinsuat Avenue from Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) to Cotabato City Plaza and vice versa on the evening of Monday, 6:30pm-7:30pm, April 27, 2015.
MAP Spokesperson Prof. Raby Angkal said the activity was a culmination of the series of mobilizations for peace that was started last April 23 through ‘Bangsamoro Run For Just and Dignified Peace’ participated by thousands of runners and followed by a Caravan For Peace on April 25.
Angkal added that they wish to enlighten and reach the hearts of legislatures – both lower and upper houses – through these peace activities that are aimed at supporting the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) without delay.
UNYPAD Secretary-General Yusoph Lumambas told 99.0 Voice FM Cotabato in an interview that since the result of study of Peace Council that was tasked by the President to scrutinize the proposed BBL is ‘constitutional,’ there is no more reason not to pass it.
“This is now the truth, the experts were done with their study and it was said that BBL is overwhelmingly constitutional as pronounced by former Chief Justice Hilario Davide,” Lumambas said.
He said the Moros have always been looking for better and peaceful options for the sake of peace in Mindanao.
“We don’t want to see Bangsamoro people in the future that those who joined the torch parade will be holding weapons in the future, instead of torch, as means of articulating their frustrations on the result of the peace talks,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO) in collaboration with Yes to Bangsamoro Government Movement (YBGM) conducted a signature campaign in support to the BBL. The same organizations had initiated activity inviting Bangsamoro for registration, which was set up at Jamiat Cotabato, Bubong road in Barangay Balarabaran, Cotabato City on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. It was reported that numerous people from different areas of Cotabato positively responded to.
BDA Central Mindanao Regional Manager Hashim Manticayan led the campaign in Central Mindanao.
“This program was launched previously in western Mindanao and other parts of the region. We are aiming to have 1 million signatures and we will submit this to Congress before the passage of the law,” he said.