Bangsamoro Peace Body Holds First Meeting with Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim

“We should not allow the institutions of the state to become instruments of control and oppression in the region as it will birth again the legitimate grievances of our people.”

— Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim

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BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag ‘Al-Hajj Murad’ Ebrahim. (Source: BARMM-BIO)

 

COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Government’s Regional Peace and Order (RPOC) Council held its first meeting for the year at the Conference Room of the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM).

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebtahim in his opening remarks noted that this year is the first time that the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) will officially participate in the electoral process as part of its transition from an armed revolutionary organization into a political party.

He urged everyone to ensure that the first experience of the MILF in a democratic process will be one where the true will of the people will be expressed and not the usual machinations of traditional politicians who subvert the popular will of the people thru bribery, intimidation, the use of the institutions of state to perpetuate oppression and injustice.

“We should not allow the institutions of the state to become instruments of control and oppression in the region as it will birth again the legitimate grievances of our people,” said Ebrahim, chairman of the MILF, and president of the group’s United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP).

The Chief Minister also expressed his optimism that everyone, including the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP (Philippine National Police), and in accordance with the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, will stay neutral and ensure a clean, honest, and peaceful elections that truly reflects the will of the people.
Source: MILG.
“We were elated at the assurances of the AFP and the PNP, and, in particular, the Regional Director of the PNP in the BARMM, Gen. Arthur Cabalona, that the PNP will be apolitical and neutral and that it will work to ensure a credible elections in the region,” the BARMM leader said. “Let us make this elections as the first where the will of the people will be truly expressed.” (/)

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