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Davao City – The conveners of the National Civil Society Platform for Transitional Justice (NCSPT) issued a statement of appeal and support for the immediate creation of National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB).

 Peace panel chairpersons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) have formally met with United Nations Assistant Secretary General Miroslav Jenka in Makati City on April 22.

DAVAO CITY -- Proponents of the 11-year-old Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF), a multi-donor grant facility, have agreed to extend its duration by two more years, or until 2019, to sustain ongoing projects and to serve as a bridge between now and the planned launching of a bigger funding program.

Rejecting aid from the European Union could cut support to peace-building programs in Mindanao like livelihood assistance in Moro Islamic Liberation Front camps and the delivery of basic services to conflict-affected communities, Philstar reports says on May 19.

Muslim Clerics and Aleema in Southern Philippines attended an Ulama Summit against Terrorism held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORC Compound, Cotabato City from May 12-14, 2017.

COTABATO CITY ----- Union of Muslim Youth Organizations (UMYO) in collaboration with Inter-School Muslim Organization (ISMO-Davao), Integrated Muslim Youth Federation (IMYF-Davao), Tacurong Muslim Youth Society (TMYS-Tacurong City) and Muslim Student Organization (Notre Dame of Marvel University-Koronadal City ) conducted a Pre-Ramadhan Symposium with the theme “Kaya Mo ba ang Forever (Can you do the forever)?” on May 15, 2017 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORC Compound, Cotabato City.

Tacurong City – “There were no bandits in that place, referring to Sitio Mantisao where armed clashes took place on Thursday, May 18. The community is MILF controlled area,” Von Al Haqq, Spokesperson of BIAF-MILF told luwaran.com. 

 With a conviction that establishing the envisioned autonomous government would address the Bangsamoro issues, 32 Moro women leaders urged the Philippine government to pass the Bangsamoro Enabling Law (BEL) first before the state will be shifting into federalism.

A Moro woman leader and peace advocate cited the importance of educating both the Bangsamoro and Filipino people on Bangsamoro history to gain massive support for the success of the peace process.

Amidst their acceptance of non-inclusion of Davao Del Sur in the proposed Bangsamoro government, Bangsamoro women in the said province reaffirmed their optimism in the forging of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) being crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

Such a reaffirmation was made during the 2nd General Assembly of the Davao del Sur Bangsamoro Muslim Women Association, Inc. (DASUBMWA) on May 6, 2017 at Darong Training Center, Purok Guava, Darong, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur where officers and members of the organization pushed a strong call for passage of undiluted enabling law when it reaches the House of Congress.

They also called for the establishment of Shari’ah District Court in the region.

In their resolution, they called for the inclusion of the greater Davao region in the Senate Bill 1346 sponsored by Senator Loren Legarda where she introduces five (5) special judicial districts in the ARMM and the activation of six (6) additional Shari’ah courts, but failed to include the Davao region in her proposal.

During the program, Suraima Q. Naga, DASUBMWA President gave the rationale and overview of the program and reviewed the activities that the organization had undertaken a year ago.

She gladly said that whatever the organization had achieved and extended was nothing but a fruit of their sacrifices and self-reliance.

On one hand, Jobayra Tandalong, Executive Director of the Bangsamoro Women Organization of Davao Oriental (BAWOrDO) and keynote speaker focused on the importance of unity and cooperation among Muslim women. She reiterated that unity and cooperation is a shared responsibility and must lead into enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.

DASUBMWA is a non-government, non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 28, 2015 but was organized early in 2014.

The organization had its members scattered throughout the provinces but started with only fifteen (15) incorporators. Presently, it has grown its numbers into forty four (44) and still growing.

Suraima Q. Naga, DASUBMWA President, during her speech on the 2nd General Assembly of the DASUBMWA on May 6, 2017 at Darong Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

A report by Mindanews says that 101 Moro examinees hurdled the 2016 bar examinations. The Supreme Court recently released the passers of the said examination with a total of 3, 747 out of the 6,344 examinees that took the exam.

The 1st General Assembly of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) Eastern Mindanao Region was held in Maahad Panabo Al-Islamie, Barangay Datu Abdul Dadia, Panabo, Davao del Norte on April 29-30, 2017.

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