Community leaders and Moro Religious Leaders led by Julsalin Morsalin and Imam Akub Asta organized a meeting in a bid to strengthen their solidarity, remind and upgrade their respective members of their responsibilities in line with Islamic practices and principles where competency, commitment, steadfastness and accountability are among the primary elements of success in organization and leadership. The activity was held on October 16 at Tulungatung, Zamboanga City.
After concluding the agenda relative to their organizational concerns, the participants also tackled the issues confronting the GPH-MILF Peace process to ensure a continuous and wider support of Moro communities in promoting and sustaining the gains of the signed peace agreement vis a vis the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
The participants agreed that proper dissemination of information and continuous advocacy could help other people understand the status of the Southern Philippine’s Peace Process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Tirso Tahir of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) and Brother “Phix” from the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) gave updates on the current status of GPH-MILF Peace process.
“Let us not be weary in our commitment in sustaining the gains of Peace Agreement. Our undying aspiration for genuine peace and inclusive development in Mindanao must be stood in solid ground and must not be derailed by any temporal frustration and restlessness brought by the delayed passage of the BBL”, Tahir said.
Brother Phix said that it requires sincerity and strong political will on the part of Government to implement the signed peace agreement and to cause the passage of the derailed BBL.
Both speakers appealed to Moro Community leaders to exert more efforts in peace-building endeavors through active engagement in promoting the atmosphere of peace and unity in their respective communities.
Mr. Rodolfo Cabrera, a Peace advocate and officer of Lanao Producers Cooperative facilitated the meeting.