By: UNYPAD ComTeam
MAKATI CITY, Philippines/October 7 – The National Capital Region (NCR) chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) has participated in the Bangsamoro and Beyond: A National Conversation organized by ANC in partnership with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) held at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN Network, Quezon City on Thursday, October 5, 2017.
UNYPAD-NCR chapter is headed by Ustadz Abayazid Kulodan, the newly appointed chairman for the national capital region.
Kulodan was among the 250 Bangsamoro personalities invited as guests of the said forum.
He was thankful for the opportunity given by CPCS for the UNYPAD chapter here in Manila.
The chapter president further extended his gratitude to UNYPAD Office of the President, Dr Rahib L. Kudto.
“This a very rare opportunity and this is a time to meet our Bangsamoro leaders and listen to their responses particularly the Bangsamoro Basic Law and other development in the GPH-MILF peace process,” Kulodan said.
Kulodan is referring to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel chair Mohagher Iqbal who spoke with full of wisdom in the forum.
Some of the response of Chair Iqbal pertaining to the issue on BBL, he said: “The Congress should handle BBL with flexibility because it is not just about legalities but most importantly about social justice.”
“The BBL is not an ordinary legislation. It must be considered and regarded as an agreement,” Iqbal stressed during the conversation.
On the other hand, some other Mindanao-based peace networks and here in Manila attended the program.
Members of the security forces, academe, CSO and religious leaders, politicians, international community, women and mostly youth also have participated the said event.
The organizer said that the same forum was conducted before with the support of The Asia Foundation (TAF) and in this time around it was the CPCS who had partnered with the ANC news cable in Manila.
“It is expected to be televised in the program of the ANC on October 19, Thursday at 8 o’clock in the evening,” Zabra Yu Ziwa, Project Officer of the CPCS said.