Sulu mayors back BBL PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 June 2015 09:04

With marked optimism in the bid to finally attain lasting peace in strife-torn Mindanao, eight municipal mayors from the Province of Sulu have expressed full backing for the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which has come under strict scrutiny from lawmakers and legal luminaries for alleged Constitutional infirmities.

In a manifesto published in a national broadsheet on June 3 (Thursday), the local chief executives from Sulu shared “unequivocal and unbending support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).” The Sulu mayors were among 66 local municipal government heads from the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) who signed the declaration of support.

Six Sulu mayors include Hussin U. Amin (Jolo), Whajid Sahidulla (Banguingui formerly Tongkil), Saripuddin D. Jikiri (Indanan), Allayon M. Arbison (Luuk), Benshar S. Estino (Panglima Estino) and Sitti Raya T. Tulawie (Talipao). The two others whose names were not reflected in the manifesto but support the BBL passage are mayors Jess Burahan (Panglima Tahil), President of the Mayors League of the Philippines, Sulu Chapter and Nasser S. Daud (Tapul).

Meanwhile, in a message relayed to ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman by Congressman Tupay Loong (Sulu 1st district), the Municipality of Parang also strongly supports the BBL passage, boosting further the pro-BBL stand.

Clearly showing their desire for a peaceful Mindanao, the signatories declared: “We stand firmly for peace that has always been elusive for the people in Mindanao, and that a status quo characterized by conflict is not acceptable.”

“We stand firmly against Mindanao conflict and war that create an endless cycle of violence that diminishes our peoples’  economic and social well-being, tarnishing human dignity as conflict and war result in massive displacement and deaths among civilians, hunger and poverty, human trafficking, and the disintegration of human moral standards,” their signed manifesto said in part.

The 66 mayor-signatories also recalled the painstaking 17 years of the process to achieve peace between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front saying “… we cannot allow this opportunity to pass without us making a position to support it.”

Finally, they jointly implored the legislators: “In the name of justice and peace in Mindanao, please pass the BBL.”