11 mayors of Maguindanao join the political party of the MILF

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CITY OF COTABATO –– Eleven municipal mayors of Maguindanao have joined the Bangsamoro United Justice Party (UBJP), the first mass of local officials in the province to join the political party organized by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) .

“Many local executives are now looking to become members of the UBJP. This is an indication that our political party is strong, ”said lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Minister of Interior and Local Government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and Deputy Secretary General of the UBJP .

The UBJP was created in 2014 after the signing of the peace pact between the MILF and the government. He obtained his official registration with the Electoral Commission in 2015.

But the question of whether the new political party would participate in next year’s local and national elections remained to be considered, as proposals to postpone the regional elections to make way for a prolonged transition period in Bangsamoro are still pending in the Congress.

The Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) fixes the first regular election in Bangsamoro in synchronized local and national elections next year.

BARMM leaders, along with various local government units and civil society organizations, have called for the Bangsamoro transition period to be extended for three years after its end next year.

Among the mayors who have joined the MILF political party are Datu Shameem Mastura from the city of Sultan Kudarat, Abdulrauf Mastura from the city of Sultan Mastura, Abolais Manalao from Buldon, Abdulraof Tomawis from Barira, Mohammad-Ali Guro from Matanog, Cahar Ibay from Parang, Ramil Dilangalen from Northern Kabuntalan, Salaban Diocolano from Kabuntalalan, Cherry Lu Sinsuat from Datu Odin Sinsuat, Ramon Piang Sr. from Upi and Marshall Sinsuat from Datu Blah Sinsuat.

“We congratulate the new members who took the oath before Party Chairman, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Haj Murad’ Ebrahim,” Sinarimbo said.

Ebrahim also congratulated the new members and urged them to play an important role in promoting moral governance in the Bangsamoro region.

“Last month, all the provincial elected representatives of Tawi-Tawi province, including the mayors of their communes and their Sanggunian members, were sworn in as members of the UBJP,” Sinarimbo added.

When asked if the UBJP is now preparing for the 2022 election, Sinarimbo said he was ready, but preferred that there was no election yet so that his attention was not or not diverted from the provision of basic services to the inhabitants of BARMM.

When local officials were sworn in as members of the UBJP on May 8 in the MILF Darapanan camp, among those present were MP Datu Tocao Mastura, former mayor Datu Armando Mastura of Sultan Mastura and deputy – Governor of Maguindanao Datu Lester Sinsuat.

LZB

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