HIGH HOPES ON BARMM TO PUSH PEACE
Maguindanao second district Representative and senatorial aspirant Dong Mangudadatu is hopeful that the leadership of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will push peace and development.
Mangudadatu, who runs under the banner of the President’s party – Partido Demokratikong Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and strongly endorsed by Mayor Sara Duterte-led Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) has backed the approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
He is optimistic that the newly-inaugurated BARMM can contribute to further the development of Mindanao that has been neglected for many years. He also believes that peace and development within BARMM will spill over to the neighboring provinces and cities.
He said peace will spur development not only on the island, but the entire country.
“Kung maitaguyod natin ang kapayapaan, lalo na sa Mindanao, mae-engganyo ang mga investors na pumunta at magtayo ng negosyo. Ito ay magbibigay ng oportunidad at trabaho sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
Mangudadatu, whose peace and development top his legislative agenda, said if peace reigns many Filipinos working abroad would choose to return home and work for the country.
“Napakalaki po ng potensyal ng Mindanao na maaari nating pakinabangan lalo na ang malaking natural gas reserve. Kung may kapayapaan, maaari nang umuwi sa ating bansa ang mahigit dalawang milyong OFW na naghihirap at pinapasakitan sa abroad. Magiging malapit na sila sa kanilang pamilya at magbibigay din ito ng peace of mind sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay,” he added.
Mangudadatu said the government will now think of spending money for Mindanao’s development rather than spending billions of taxpayers money on bullets and military armaments.
“Nandyan din po ang matitipid natin mula sa daan-daang bilyong piso na cost of war na hinuhugot mula sa kaban ng bayan o taxpayers’ money —mula ka man sa kamaynilaan o mga karatig probinsya,” he said. Mangudadatu said he knows the consequences of armed conflict being a resident of Maguindanao, the setting of most of Mindanao’s wars in the last 40 years. It is one of the country’s poorest provinces.
Mangudadatu is optimistic that the new BARMM leadership will continue to push Mindanao, especially the Moro areas, to progress.