To proactively provide an alternative venue to speak out freely, Sulu Civil Society Organizations and stakeholders banded together in a press conference simultaneously conducted with the BBL Senate Hearing hosted by Sen. BongBong Marcos in Jolo, Sulu.
The group unanimously feels that fears, allegations and speculations concerning issues on tribalism, partiality, exclusivity, domination, terrorism among others must be dispelled prudently because BBL as an enabling LAW is for ALL and just like JUSTICE is NOT only for the FEW.
On behalf of the steering committee for the “Bangsamoro para sa Bayan, para sa Lahat” mass mobilizations in congress, we wish to invite all peace-loving Filipino to attend and help mobilize your friends, families, neighbors, officemates, barkadas, classmates and colleagues to actively participate in the coordinated mass mobilizations this coming May 11 and 18, 2015 in support of the immediate passage of the BBL consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
As we all know, the Adhoc Committee on the BBL has scheduled the voting of its committee report on May 11, while the start of the plenary debate on the same is scheduled on May 18, 2015. The above-mentioned dates are of great significance as our lawmakers are summoned to cast their vote on the BBL, within the spirit of Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and in conformity with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). In sharp contrast, however, if the pronouncements of the leaders of Congress are to be taken into account, the possibility of Congress passing a watered down BBL is not, at all, remote.
Thus, we need now, more than ever, to show to our lawmakers that our people will not accept a watered down BBL. We need to demonstrate in grand fashion that we will solidly oppose any move to dilute the agreed version of the BBL because a diluted law cannot bring into fruition the peace formula agreed upon by both Philippine government and MILF.
DECEMBER 3, 2014 – "Isa lang ang nasa isip ko: Pag Moro, kapatid!" (There's only one thing on my mind: Moros are brothers!), declares Datu Victorino Saway, a Talaandig leader and member of Mindanao Peoples Caucus. His statement was greeted by applause and praise from the participants – Moro, indigenous peoples (IP), and Christian settlers.
The gathering was part of the Re-affirmation of Kinship between the Moro and IP in Mindanao held in Barangay Salat, President Roxas, North Cotabato. The *2-year running Re-affirmation once again calls key players in the movement to end conflict in Mindanao to come together as one. Over a hundred participants attended and the hall remained packed until the end of the half-day program.
Residents of Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao composed of Bangsamoro, Christian settlers and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) have participated in a Training Workshop on Safety and Security organized by TIYAKAP KAWAGIB of the Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace (TK-BCJP) in partnership with the Alliance of Peace Advocates Inc. (APAI) at the Upi Municipal Hall last March 28. The training seeks to discuss existing issues and concerns that the community has been experiencing so that they will be enlightened and empowered in combating issues on human rights that would possibly affect their security and rights as human beings.
An alliance of peace organizations held their first general assembly at Kadtuntaya Foundation Incorporated (KFI) Training Center last March 18, 2015.
The group named Grassroots Peace Monitoring Network (GPMN) aims to consolidate grassroots monitors from different organizations in support to the peace process and ceasefire mechanisms, to gather and provide accurate and up-to-date information on safety and security of civilians and ensure protection of civilians from harm and human rights abuses.
The launching was attended by more than thirty (30) organizations mostly from Central Mindanao.