• Local officials set to attend CAB signing

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    MAGUINDANAO: Local leaders in this province will attend the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) scheduled on March 27.

    Provincial Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, chairman of the provincial peace and order council, said his province would immediately hold a banquet for guests immediately after the CAB is signed.

    “This is to grace the signing of the CAB after all the efforts in support to the peace process, people deserve to have kanduli” Mangudadatu said.

    Kanduli, a banquet similar to a boodle-fight, is a centuries-old tradition of Muslim tribes usually held to celebrate newly resolved conflicts or problems.

    Mangudadatu said he would ask all guests in the planned event to wear a suit that would reflect the ethnicity of Maguindanao in the event.

    The governor has pronounced his offer to host a Kanduli when Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles announced on Friday that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would sign the CAB on March 27.

    Meanwhile, Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) told reporters that he would find way to declare March 27 as a non-working holiday in the entire autonomous region.

    “It shall be a very historic event. It’s putting an end to 40 years of Moro uprising in Mindanao,” Hataman said.

    The CAB, which is the final peace pact between the government and the MILF, aims to replace the ARMM with the Bangsamoro political entity.

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