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OIC to hold seminars on BARMM

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By Nonoy Lacson

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will be holding some workshops and seminars in Manila and other key cities in Mindanao as a show of support for the law that was recently signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, creating the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting were BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman, and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali, and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso, and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

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)

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chair Yusop Jikiri said Saidu Mohammed Dodo, of the Department of Political Affairs of the OIC will be conducting a seminar workshop in Manila and in key cities in Mindanao in support of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Jikiri said the OIC will be inviting to the seminar and workshops the main parties to the peace process, the government peace panel (GPH), Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the MNLF.

It is expected that top leaders of the two major fronts, the MILF and the MNLF, will attend the seminar which will be conducted by the OIC, Department of Political Affairs.

In a message sent to Jikiri, Dodo said “this is to let you know that in its continued efforts to the peace process in the southern Philippines, the OIC is will organize some workshops and seminars in Manila and other cities in Mindanao region in order to support the successful passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.”

Dado also said in his letter to Jikiri “The OIC wishes to reiterates our solidarity with the Bangsamoro people in their just cause.”

Dado told Jikiri that “the OIC would appreciate it much if you could provide us with your views on the organization of the seminars, advise us on the timing of the Secretary General’s visit to the Philippines.”

Your views would guide the OIC regarding its programmed on the peace process, according to the communication sent to Jikiri by Dado.

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