By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is optimistic that the recently signed Bangsamoro Organic Law or BOL would bring “peace, hope and development” in the Bangsamoro land in Mindanao.
“The content of the BOL is very laudable and I know that President Rodrigo Duterte is very much sincere to bring peace and development in Mindanao by ending the decade-old conflict and poverty that the Moro people is experiencing in Mindanao and I know he is sincere with his desire,” Jikiri said.
The MNLF is very much thankful to the president for his vision to end the conflict in Mindanao and introduce changes in the lives of the people by allowing them to live a better live ahead away from poverty and conflict, he emphasized.
He said that while prospects for a better Mindanao is still on a drawing board, measures are now being undertaken by the government to attain and meet this vision of a better Mindanao and a better Bangsamoro homeland.
For his part, MNLF Vice Chair Hatimil Hassan said prospects is so high now that a “better hope for a better tomorrow” for all of us is now starting to begin with the signing of the BOL by President Duterte.
Our people are now happy, especially after learning that once the BOL will be implemented, many programs of development of the government will flourish in Mindanao, jobs will also made available to most of the Moros in Mindanao, Hassan said.
Adding that many of their combatants can now expect to enroll in the regular forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and of the Philippine National police (PNP) which is a great opportunity for them all.
Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) President Amina Rasul said the BOL provides fiscal autonomy, automatic appropriation of the block grant, funds for the rehabilitation and development of conflict-ridden areas, a judiciary based on Shari-ah laws, and a new form of government.
Rasul added: “We expect all sectors of the Bangsamoro civil society to support this Law to enable our communities to live in peace and end the civil strife which had plagued the island of Mindanao for decades now.”
The PCID she said hopes that foreign and local investors would flock to Mindanao and assist the Bangsamoro people in growing its economy.
Rasul emphasized that PCID hopes that the BOL will pave the way for genuine autonomy and self-rule for the Bangsamoro and urged everyone to support the Bangsamoro community as they embark on their journey toward achieving peace, social justice, good governance, and inclusive growth and development.