BARMM legislators file bill declaring Sheikh Salamat Hashim, Alim Abdul Aziz Mimbantas burial sites as historical shrines
March 23, 2022

COTABATO CITY — A measure declaring the burial site of the late Sheikh Salamat Hashim and the late Alim Abdul Aziz Mimbantas as Bangsamoro Historical Shrines has been filed today, March 23, in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) plenary.

Member of the Parliament Atty. Paisalin Tago, principal author of the BTA Bill No. 182, noted that two Bangsamoro leaders are “worthy of commemoration for their ideals, principles, works, and sacrifices for the Bangsamoro people.”

Sheikh Salamat Hashim, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Founding Chair, and Alim Abdul Aziz Mimbantas, Vice-Chair of MILF and Military Affairs, were both buried in Camp Bushra Somiorong in Butig, Lanao del Sur, one of the major camps recognized by the GPH-MILF Peace Panel.

The proposed measure further noted that the historical shrine should be preserved or reconstructed whenever necessary as much as possible in its original form.

As stated in the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the Bangsamoro government is empowered to declare historical shrines and cultural sites to preserve the Bangsamoro heritage for posterity.

Once approved, the Bangsamoro Commission on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage will supervise and control the reconstruction and preservation of the historical shrine. (LTAIS- Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)