A member of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — Abu Misri Mama, the spokesperson for the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), announced that the group will support the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) if the results turn out to be favorable.
Lately, the BIFF has been noticeably silent and less active in Mindanao.
The group said they are watching closely how the proposed Bangsamoro Organic Law will turn out once it is ratified through a plebiscite next year.
The BIFF stressed that they are willing to open the doors to peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front under the BOL.
President Rodrigo Duterte said recently that if the ‘yes’ vote wins in the plebiscite, he plans to speak with MILF founding chairman Nur Misuari.
Abu Misra Mama assured the BIFF’s support for the BOL as a means to end the conflict in Mindanao.
“Ang aming stand mag-observe muna kami dahil tingnan muna natin kung ang Bangsamoro Organic Act o Law ay yung maka-solve sa problema sa Mindanao ay sama tayo,” he said.
The group also assured that while the peace process is ongoing, they will not launch any attacks.
However, if their expectations are not met, they will continue the fight and will not align themselves with the BOL.
“Wala po kaming gagawing pag-aatake at wala pong anu-ano na makasisira sa anong bagay na pakinabangan natin pero kung aatakehin kami ‘yon lalaban po kami,” said the BIFF spokesperson.
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomed the group’s statement of support.
Joint Task Force Central Commander Major General Cirilito Sobejana said that this development is favorable to the armed forces because it means one less opposition in the government’s pursuit of peace.
“It is a positive development dahil bawas na sa gobyerno kapag sila’y sumusuporta na sa Bangsamoro Organic Law,” Sobejana said. — Dante Amento