By Francis Wakefield
JOLO, Sulu – “The ideal Mindanao we are all aspiring for is now coming into reality.”
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made the remark during the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) “Meeting de Avance” held at the Mindanao State University Campus in Jolo, Sulu on Thursday, January 17.
“Yes, our vision for the land of Mindanao is now gaining a very positive momentum. This is our national aspiration: A sustainable peace, enduring political stability, and socio-economic advancement towards our one dream for a World-Class Philippines,” Lorenzana said.
“Truly, we are now reaping the ‘National Peace and Stability Dividends’ of our unity, cooperation, and love of country as a Filipino nation from Luzon, Visayas and here in Mindanao. I, therefore, trust that we shall sustain the long lasting and enduring peace we are building at this moment in our national history.”
“We shall pass on a prosperous, stable, peaceful Mindanao to the hands of the next generation of Filipinos. Just the other day, we successfully conducted the Bangsamoro Organic Law Grand Rally in Maguindanao Province,” he added.
Lorenzana said the BOL Meeting de Avance is a testament that the Bangsamoro people of Mindanao are lovers of peace and they all want to contribute to national prosperity.
“Let me, therefore, state that with the eventual ratification of the BOL, the existing Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or the ARMM will be supplanted by a better and bolder Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao or BARMM!,” Lorenzana said.
“This is our dream. This is our national aspiration. Together, we will succeed,” he added.
Lorenzana said the Bangsamoro people’s aspiration for social justice, equality, peace, and prosperity is shared by every peace-loving Filipino. Through the BARMM, the socio-economic potentials of Muslim Mindanao will be realized and strengthened.
“Our 1987 Philippine Constitution guarantees an equal opportunity for every Filipino. We in the national government, most especially your Department of National Defense, fully support the BOL and the BARMM for we all know only unity and love of country can propel us to greater heights as one nation,” he said.
“Onwards to our victory and may the God almighty bless our endeavors to secure a bright future for Mindanao and for our motherland,” he added.