MILF faces tremendous challenge on governance, says UP prof

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Posted at Aug 06 2018 06:59 PM

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MANILA - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) faces a tremendous challenge in showing its capability to run a government, a professor on Islamic Studies said Monday.

Professor Julkipli Wadi, of the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies, said apart from inter-governmental relations, the MILF must have a major shift in psychology. 

"Psychologically, I think the intent is to reintegrate or mainstream the MILF, efface or erase its revolutionary character," Wadi told ANC on the day of the ceremonial signing of the Bangsamoro law.

"In fact, willingly, the MILF would be transformed, according to Iqbal, into a social movement and they will have to form another movement. That's another pressure," he added.

Other challenges the MILF will face are the traditional politicians who remain in control in their respective bailiwicks in Muslim Mindanao, he said. 

During the ceremonial signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte urged stakeholders to participate in the plebiscite for the measure.

The plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law will determine whether the people in the affected areas will accept or reject the measure that will grant wider autonomy to the Bangsamoro region.

The President also asked the stakeholders to "give this law a chance to address the Bangsamoro people’s aspiration for genuine autonomy, while preserving our bond as a single nation."