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Moro traditional leaders call for passage of original BBL

COTABATO CITY — Muslim traditional leaders and Royal ladies of the Bangsamoro representing various sultanates in Minda-nao have appealed for Congress to act on the passage of the agreed version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Traditional leaders have gathered Monday at Alnor Convention Center, Cota-bato City and came up with a Manifesto calling on congress to immediately pass the agreed version of the BBL submitted by the Office of the President.

“We are now worried, however, by the fact that the document crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and agreed upon by the Office of the President is now substituted with another version – HB 5811 – whose provisions are inconsistent with the CAB,” the manifesto said.

“There are also provisions that will inevitably result to a Bangsamoro government that is even less autonomous than the present ARMM,” it further said.

“We want a basic law that will address the legitimate grievances of – and correct the historical injustices committed against – the Bangsamoro,” the manifesto signed by several representatives of sultanates in Mindanao.

The gathering was organized by four local Civil Society Organizations, led by the Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc. (MWDECC) together with Mindanao Action for Peace and Development Initiatives, Inc. (MAPAD); Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates, Inc. (KFPDAI), and Bangsamoro Center for Justpeace in the Philippines, Inc. (BCJP). (pna)

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