Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) members and partners were part of at least 5,000 strong marchers from various organizations, including the Bangsamoro groups, the peace and social justice movements to call on the Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) based on the comprehensive peace agreement between the government and the MILF and one that is inclusive and just.

 

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The Lower House committee dealing with the proposed law will start to vote on the BBL's provision starting today.

FDC, in its press statement distributed to both the media and the public, signified its support for the immediate passage of a just and inclusive BBL based on the coalition's formal decision in its May 2014 national congress to support the Bangsamoro's struggle for self-determination.

At the same time, FDC calls on the Bangsamoro and the people to stay vigilant and seriously address the legitimate issues and concerns on the draft bill in order to make it more inclusive, just and consistent with the people's larger struggle and aspirations for democracy, human rights, freedom and equality. Among the major issues raised is the need to ensure and guarantee the Indigenous People's right to self-determination, including to their ancestral domains and their sovereignty over their land and resources.

FDC calls for the immediate passage of the draft BBL and will not allow a diluted and other versions that will render sham and hollow the spirit and intent of the peace accord, and more importantly, the Bangsamoros' fundamental right to self-determination.

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