Bangsamoro Parliament Backs Protection for Moro People outside BARMM

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COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Parliament has backed Moro legislators on their efforts to ensure the protection and welfare of Bangsamoro people living outside the region.

All Parliament members who were either physically or virtually present approved the resolution in Thursday’s session.

The resolution, according to Atty. Rasol Mitmug, Jr. is a way for the BTA to show that “they have us supporting them.”

“It is necessary to monitor the progress of this case to ensure effective coordination surrounding the arrest,” stated in the resolution.

House Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman, with the support of other Moro lawmakers, called for an investigation on the warrantless arrests of Muslims in Cavite in March 2021.

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Such operations are labelled as “kidnapping” by the Basilan solon, who also stated that investigations would be conducted to prevent law officers’ from using violence and abusing their authority.

In February, authorities from National Intelligence and Coordinating Agency (NICA) and National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) have allegedly illegally arrested 11 individuals in a construction site, including seven locals from the Basilan province.

It was explained in the resolution that “law enforcements in the operation allegedly asked the individuals who among them were Muslims.”

According to Bacoor police, the operation was part of the agencies’ verification of the alleged presence of Abu Sayyaf in the area.

Last year, a similar incident happened when two other Moros were seized without search warrants and coordination with local government units.

The incidents prompted the Parliament to support the appeal of some legislators in protecting and securing the general welfare of the Bangsamoro people outside the region’s borders.

It is stated in the Bangsamoro Administrative Code pa that the national Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and its counterpart in the Bangsamoro may collaborate “to conduct joint investigations on human rights violations and abuses that occurred (even) outside the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region”. (Publication and Media Relations Division) — (✓)

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