The Imperative of Human Security in the Bangsamoro
by Gus Miclat
October 29, 2014
Thank you Mr. Chairman — the best Congressman of the Second District of Cagayan De Oro — and the Honorable Members of this seminal Ad Hoc Committee for this humbling opportunity to share our take on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
In behalf of my organization, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)- an organization that aims to build bridges among peoples and thus build peace; and our partner networks such as the Friends of the Bangsamoro (FoBM), an umbrella movement and platform of citizens, NGOs and individuals both inside and outside Mindanao supporting the Bangsamoro even beyond the passage of the BBL and the Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW)– the broadest civil society network of peacebuilders for and in Mindanao, I thank this august committee and Congress for giving us this honor and space and hope that you continue to provide, nay, institutionalize the participation of civil society in deliberations not only in cutting-edge laws such as this, but in all relevant processes of Congress.
The different partner networks, sectors and groups are here to help enhance the BBL and will be submitting proposals that ensure Human Security in the Bangsamoro.
Before I proceed any further, let me state that as civil society, we are not here to discuss nor debate the legal or constitutional ramifications of the proposed law. This is not our competency, nor our main concern. This is the purview — albeit not the sole one– of this able Committee aided by the opinions of legal luminaries and stalwarts – be they graduates of UP, San Sebastian, Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, and Columbia — whom you have invited yesterday and will still do so in the coming hearings.
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