MNLF group repeats bolster for Bangsamoro Organic Law
The Moro National Liberation Front faction of former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri assures the government
of its support for the landmark law amid efforts to block its implementation
A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by fomer Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri renewed its
support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) amid moves to question the legality of the measure.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said in a press statement on Saturday,
November 3, that Jikiri relayed his group’s support for the BOL in a meeting with Chief Peace Adviser Jesus
Dureza earlier this week on Monday, October 29.
The meeting held a day before it reported that incumbent Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II filed a petition
before the Supreme Court to block the landmark BOL.
During the meeting, Jikiri agreed with Dureza to implement a massive information, education, and communication
campaign to push forward with the BOL’s ratification in January.
Jikiri’s group, also known as the Council of 15, formed in late 2001 by the MNLF’s most senior leader amid claims
that MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari had lost the support of the Moro people. It was previously chaired by Muslimen
Sema, Misuari’s vice chair for political affairs, and recognized by then president Gloria Arroyo as the real MNLF.
Administration of President Rodrigo Duterte
In the meeting with Dureza, Jikiri and his group “committed to help the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte by supporting the BOL and campaigning in the plebiscite.”
The campaign, he said, would cover “all areas” that were proposed for inclusion in the future Bangsamoro entity.
Their group will partner with the OPAPP to develop and implement a multi-stakeholder campaign on the issue.
Dureza recognized the “solid duty” of Jikiri’s gathering to enable the national government to push for a “more prominent level of open mindfulness” on the BOL.
He likewise noticed that the gathering a certification of the October 7 meeting of the Jikiri-drove MNLF in Sulu, when a goals passed proclaiming the association’s “unequivocal help” for the BOL.
Misuari’s group has been vague on its situation on the BOL. Duterte had said on a few events that Misuari had voiced a few worries about the law, including the observation on lessened self-rule and powers. Misuari additionally demanded the 1996 peace assention the MNLF marked with the legislature.
Duterte had over and again said he was conversing with Misuari to persuade him to help the BOL, which he depicted as a last shot to producing peace in Mindanao. In July, the President even glided making a different self-governing area for Misuari’s gathering.