BBL passing highlights the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration in ARMM
COTABATO CITY (28 November 2014) – The celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) culminated today with a call for unity towards the ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as the key for lasting peace in Mindanao.
ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman urged the peace-loving constituency of the ARMM to be in solidarity in promoting peace advocacies essentially expressed through urgent passage of the BBL.
“Ang kapayapaan ay bahagi ng ating obligasyon kaya ang mga reporma na ating pinapatupad ay upang tunguhin ang kapayapaan sa darating na panahon,” Hataman said.
“Pangarap ng lahat ang kapayapaan para sa mga mamamayang Moro, dapat lahat ay handa para magsakripisyo sa ngalan ng kapayapaan para sa kinabukasan ng ating salinlahi,” he said.
Hataman has repeatedly pronounced his readiness to step down even before his term as the duly elected regional governor of ARMM expires in 2016 to make way for the smooth transition to the new Bangsamoro political entity.
The week-long celebration in ARMM was marked by activities promoting the core message of peace.
These included a peace concert, a photo exhibit, poster making contest, sports peacetivities, a forum on BBL and the colorful and symbolic ‘Kites for Peace’.
Other highlights of the commemoration included a kick-off parade, an inter-agency Islamic quiz bowl, and the crowd drawing regional debate and public speaking competition.
The celebration in the ARMM of the Mindanao Week of Peace with the theme “We pray for lasting-peace in Mindanao: Give, Share, Live and Proclaim Peace!” was spearheaded by the region’s locally funded agencies. (Bureau of Public Information)