Commander Bravo appeals for ‘yes’ for BOL

Published February 1, 2019, 6:50 PM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

By Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY — MILF Commander Hadji Abdullah G. Macapaar, also known as Commander Bravo of the North Western Mindanao Front based in Munai, Lanao del Norte warned that in the event that ‘no’ wins to the inclusion of the six municipalities to the BARMM, possible eventualities will happen.

MILF Commander Hadji Abdullah G. Macapaar, also known as Commander Bravo of the North Western Mindanao Front based in Munai (BONITA ERMAC / MANILA BULLETIN)
MILF Commander Hadji Abdullah G. Macapaar, also known as Commander Bravo of the North Western Mindanao Front based in Munai (BONITA ERMAC / MANILA BULLETIN)

Commander Bravo in a video message posted in social media pleaded once again to the people in Lanao del Norte for a ‘yes’ vote to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite come February 6.

“Nakiki-usap ako na tayo ay magkakaisa sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran sa pamamagitan ng pagboto ng ‘yes’ para sa inclusion ng anim na munisipyo ng Lanao del Norte sa ARMM front”. Huling pananawagan at paki-usap ito sa inyong lahat dahil dito nakasalalay ang kinabukasan ng ating mga anak at ng Lanao del Norte”, Bravo said.

Voting yes to the inclusion to the BARMM would mean that Lanao del Norte would like peace and that you have given us a good chance to live peaceably, said Commander Bravo.

“Tatanawin namin ito na isang utang na loob”, he said.

If NO wins that would mean denial of their right to live peacefully, Bravo continued.

“Ang pagbuto ninyo ng NO ay isang paglapastangan sa aming karapatan na makapamuhay ng mapayapa at tahimik.

Commander Bravo then asked not to give them reason to remain in their cause as saying “huwag ninyo kami bigyan ng dahilan na ipagpatuloy namin ang paghawak ng armas at pagtanim ng galit sa inyo, ayaw namin ng gulo”, emphasized the commander.

“At nararapat lang na mangyayari ang iniiwasan natin at iniiwasan ng gobyerno na mangyari ang pagtanim kami ng galit sa inyo, at pwede itong magbunga ng kahulugan at karahasan sa Lanao del Norte, he added.

Meanwhile, Atty. Salahoden Benhamza, MILF-NWMF counsel explained that the message was for an appeal but if there was a threat maybe; Bravo was just carried away by his emotion considering his situation at the moment.

“Kung tutuusin natin, iyong birthplace niya ay hindi nasama sa core territory na isasama sana sa BARMM, pero bumigay siya ng compromise alang-alang sa kapayapaan, Benhamza explained.

 
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