By Teng L. Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .
COTABATO City — More than 700 people flocked to the Shariff Kabunsuan Complex here to celebrate and express their support for the newly-passed Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Leading the ceremonial presentation of the historic law to the Bangsamoro community were Nabil Tan, Deputy Presidential Peace Adviser and Chair of the Government Implementing Panel for the GPH-MILF peace accord, and MILF Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal.
The gathering comes in the heels of President Rodrigo Duterte’s presentation of the BOL to the MILF leadership in Malacañang last Monday.
Tan said the passage of the BOL is the start of a new chapter in the lives of the Bangsamoro people.
“This is just the beginning… Much work still needs to be done. We must now double our efforts,” he told the audience.
Armm Governor Mujiv Hataman said the passage of the BOL is a truly momentous occasion for the Bangsamoro people.
“Inabot natin ang puntong ito dahil sa pagsasakripisyo,” he said.
Hataman lauded the Philippine government and the MILF for ensuring the approval of the law, which is expected to bring long-lasting peace and sustainable development in the region.
He said the passage of the BOL is not meant to diminish the accomplishments of the Armm government but seeks to build on its gains over the years.
“Hindi ito pagbubura ng Armm,” Hataman said.
Hataman said that the greater challenge is how to ensure the plementation of the law. (with reports from peace.govph)