House leader welcomes support of MNLF-Alonto group to Bangsamoro PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 January 2015 14:28

Cagayan de Oro City second district representative and chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law Rufus Rodriguez welcomed the full support of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) group led by Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto to the  Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the BBL as its legal iteration.

A statement signed by Alonto and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim expressed a reiteration of MNLF’s support to the “full implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro particularly the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and all its annexes as published in the MNLF Declaration of Unity at Lama Mardeka published on March 18, 2014.”

Alonto is a founding leader of the MNLF and first vice chairman of the original MNLF Central Committee. According to a news release of the MNLF, Alonto was elected by 35 out of the 39 surviving members of the original Central Committee as their head, and represents one of several groups of the MNLF.

The  statement of support of the MNLF-Alonto group comes ?ahead of a scheduled public hearing of the Ad Hoc Committee on the BBL on January 21 in which MNLF members were invited to attend to ensure that their concerns are heard and serve as inputs to the drafting of an inclusive law.

“We welcome the support of the MNLF-Chairman Alonto group,” Rodriguez said. “It has always been our position that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is not only for the MILF, but is for all Bangsamoro, whether they are Muslims, Christians or Lumads, and all other groups and sectors,” he said.

Meanwhile, the statement also cited that both Moro fronts agree to “continue working together to foster strong Unity, Solidarity and Brotherhood as one Bangsamoro people.”

Just last year, the MILF and MNLF, under the auspices of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, formally activated the Bangsamoro Cooperation Forum?, a mechanism for coordination between the two fronts “towards achieving the aspiration of the Bangsamoro people towards just and lasting peace and peaceful resolution of their problems.”

The statement also called on the rest of the Filipino nation to “rally behind the President and Congress… for the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the establishment of the Bangsamoro government.” The BBL is expected to be passed by Congress by the first quarter of t?his year, followed by a plebiscite in the envisioned core territory towards the entrenchment of the Bangsamoro political entity.

Also present during the signing of the statement were members of the MNLF pioneer Top 90 group with their four succeeding batches, and members of the Bangsa Bae Women Medical Corps.