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Dureza assures IPs of inclusive Bangsamoro law implementation

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THE NATIONAL government has assured the indigenous peoples (IPs) of Mindanao that the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) will include their development by addressing their specific concerns. “There must be inclusivity, not exclusivity,” Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza is quoted in a statement released Tuesday night after meeting with representatives of IP communities in Magpet, Cotabato. Mr. Dureza stressed that the BOL “is not only for the Moro National Liberation Front, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the Bangsamoro people, but for all.” He pointed out that the government has created the IP Peace Panel, recognizing that: “You are among the most affected. We are not only here to listen but act on your concerns.” IP Peace Panel chair Reuben Dasay A. Lingating, for his part, rallied the IP communities to join hands and come up with comprehensive and concrete initiatives for the development of their communities. “There must be convergence. It would be difficult to move on if you don’t have concrete plans,” said. Mr. Lingating, former head of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. — Carmelito Q. Francisco





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