By: Wafa Esmail
COTABATO CITY/July 11, 2018 – In their common will to persuade members of the Philippine Congress to restore deleted provisions of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), more than ten thousand (10,000) peace loving Bangsamoro people joined the Peace Rally for the final push of BBL as drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) held at Cotabato City Plaza last Friday.
The said activity was spearheaded by League of Bangsamoro Organization (LBO) which pitched their call to the lawmakers particularly to the members of the Bicameral Conference Committee to pass a Bangsamoro law that will address the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people and will end the conflict in Mindanao.
The organizers said, “If a watered down BBL is enacted, no genuine autonomy will be established, and the legitimate grievances and historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro will not be addressed.”
They added that the restoration of the deleted and revised provisions should be taken into consideration by the lawmakers for such is the version indeed “acceptable for the Bangsamoro.”
When the time of prayer came, Maghrib and Isha were combined as per the consensus of the Ulama who attended the said activity.
The demonstrators fervently prayed together for the fulfillment of their dreams and aspirations looking into the BBL-BTC version as a vital instrument capable of facilitating the attainment of long lasting peace and development of the Bangsamoro region and the country in its entirety.
At the end of the activity, a heartwarming supplication was made, echoing beyond heavens, hoping that the cry of the Bangsamoro people shall be heard by the lawmakers to achieve real peace in Bangsamoro Homeland.
The Bangsamoro region has been lagged behind compared to other regions of the country due to recurring wars and hostilities.
The Bangsamoro people have been pushing for the success of the peace process to address the legitimate grievances and historical injustice committed against them.
The Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN) and other volunteer organizations joined together to ensure the security of the area as well as the people notwithstanding the heavy traffic due to the increasing number of the crowd.
The activity started around 4:00 in the afternoon and ended past 9:00 in the evening.
Organizers thanked all the attendees and those who shared their time, efforts and resources for the success of the activity.