COTABATO CITY, Dec. 12 (PNA) — After declaring it now recognizes Philippine electoral process, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is in the thick or preparations for its political party called United Bangsamoro Justice Party, an MILF official today, Friday, said.
Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chair for political affairs, said in a radio interview that several trainings and seminars for would-be political leaders from the ranks of the MILF have been conducted.
Previous to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the MILF has not participated in any political process in the country.
Jaafar said the MILF also trained volunteers who will serve during the election as watchers of political aspirants.
Jaafar said it was important for would-be political leaders to understand the electoral process for them to effectively perform the roles that will be assigned to them.
The United Bangsamoro Justice Party will be actively participating in the process by fielding its own candidates in the 2016 local elections.
By then, the Bangsamoro government will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) which is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
Once the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) becomes a law, a plebiscite will be conducted to determine its political composition with the current ARMM provinces as its core territory.
The MILF will participate actively in the election of Bangsamoro legislators, provincial governors, vice governors, provincial lawmakers down to village officials.
Under the BBL, the regional legislators will choose among them a prime minister who will become the regional political leader.
The draft BBL is still undergoing scrutiny by Philippine Congress. (PNA)