Press Release
July 27, 2018

on the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law

With the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), it only shows that true local autonomy can be achieved within the framework, context, ideals and spirit of the 1987 Constitution.

The BOL surprisingly has given us that 'eureka' moment. We have finally found the way to strengthening regions and local governments all within the constitutional framework as intended in the Local Government Code, and by giving our Muslim brothers and sisters the inherent right to govern themselves and defining a territory without raising a different flag.

By embracing the concept of diversity without being fragmentary, all we need to do is to find ways to replicate for other regions the salient points of the BBL--and to a greater degree, preserving and respecting the people's culture, history and faith.

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