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MNLF Jikiri faction vows support for BOL


The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction led by its Central Chairman Yusup Jikiri over the weekend expressed its conformity to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) during their assembly held in Pasil, Indanan, Sulu province.

The MNLF assembly, attended by some military officials and representatives from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), was actively participated in by thousands of MNLF members from Southwestern Mindanao and Palawan.

The meeting was reportedly facilitated by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and Malaysia in a bid to “preserve the gains of the peace agreement.”

The main focus is to provide a political solution to the ongoing stalemate between the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and harmonize the existing law to favor both groups.

In his message, former Congressman Yusup Jikiri, MNLF Central Committee Chairman, and Datu Muslimin Sema, People’s National Congress Chairman, called on their MNLF members to throw their full support to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

After the assembly and the show of acceptance to support the BOL, Jikiri and his followers together with other MNLF leaders held a meeting to discuss possible appointments to certain positions under the BOL.

The BOL was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 26, 2018.  The law was legislated by Congress based on the draft of the Bangsamoro Organic Law written by the 21-man Bangsamoro Transition Committee (BTC).  (Ely Dumaboc with reports from Remus Ong)

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