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By Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) announced it will push through with the Bangsamoro Assembly on November 26 to November 27 to gather the stakeholders of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

“We are encouraging the Bangsamoros, indigenous people, and Christian settlers to attend this historic event that would mark our common aspiration to have genuine peace in our homeland,” said BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar on Wednesday, November 8. Jaafar is also the Vice Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

This file photo shows President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meeting with the officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. 
(ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The MILF sees the passage of the BBL as one of the steps that can provide long-term solutions against violent extremism.

MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chairperson Mohagher Iqbal previously said: “There is a continuing risk of youths being enticed by violent and extremist ideologies and joining ISIS-inspired groups as a result of existing global and domestic injustices.”

He said the lack of political settlement to address the clamor of the Moro people for autonomy fuels discontent among young Muslims.

The BBL aims to establish a new political entity called the Bangsamoro that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The MILF believes the passage will pave the way for the establishment of a meaningful autonomous government that is sensitive to the needs of the Bangsamoro people.

The BBL failed to pass during the term of former President Benigno Aquino III but President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to push for the passage of BBL in Congress saying that its non-passage might cause trouble in the country.

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