Federal conversion necessary
for Philippine survival, MinDa chair says
DAVAO CITY, June 23 -- Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair,
Sec. Abul Khayr Alonto, said that in light of the infiltration of ISIS
members and sympathizers in the country, the Philippines is in dire need to
convert its Unitarian government into a Federal one.
During the Mindanao Hour Press Briefing held in this city, June 23, the Moro
National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader said that even if the Maute and the
ISIS appear to have been weakened by military operations in Mindanao, it
does not address the centuries-long issues that sparked convoluted religious
ideologies here in the first place.
“This means we have to eliminate and resolve the causes through which daesh
ISIS has been able to find a foothold in the Bangsamoro and lure our
desperate youth into its depraved and perverse ideology,” he said.
“It is in this context, thus, that henceforth we have to return to, and
focus on, the original national flagship agenda of the President for system
change – the constitutional shift from the present Unitary state to
Federalism,” Sec. Alonto said.
The secretary believes that at present time, having an inclusive form of
government where Moros can govern in accordance to their faith and religion
is the best way to survive.
“This is not just a matter of reform,” he explained. “It has become a matter
of survival for the Philippine State in light of the global menace of daesh
extremism that has, like a metastasizing cancer, now invaded our country
through its backdoor. The Marawi City tragedy ought to jolt us out of our
smug complacency and oblivious treatment of the Bangsamoro Question.”
Sec. Alonzo then revealed that the Moro community is determined to form an
All-Moro Convention, whose goal is to bring all Moro tribes together and
form a consolidated law in preparation for Federalism.
“We are determined to immediately convoke, with the official blessings of
the President, the All-Moro Convention to expedite inclusivity or the
participation of all sectors of the Bangsamoro and as well as the
convergence of the two separate tracts [MNLF and MILF peace agreements] in
the peace processes with the Moro Fronts,” he said, adding that once a Moro
Law is completed, it will be submitted to the Constitutional Commission in
charge of the drafting of the new Federal republic in the future. (PCO Davao/PNA)