Cotabato City – The Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc. (MWDECC) facilitated a Women’s Forum on the Status of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in partnership with Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) on July 23, 2015 held at BTC Office, Cotabato City. There were more than 25 women leaders from different civil society organizations operating in Cotabato City who participated the said activity. They were composed of tri-people such as Bangsamoro, Indigenous People and Settler.
Atty. Laiha Alba of BTC discussed the BBL in comparison with the AHCBBL Substitute Bill (HB 5811). Most of the participants expressed their frustration that most of the substance of the agreed version of BBL submitted by the Office of the President (OP) to the Congress were removed or deleted. They said that they are not supporting the HB 5811. They also said that they already submitted their Position Papers to the House of Representatives, Senates and other concerned agencies calling for the immediate passage of the mutually agreed upon Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and submitted by the Office of the President (OP) to Congress.