Part 4 of Series 4: A closer look of the UBJP

The United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) holds great potential as a political force in the Bangsamoro region. As we delve into the last part of the four series of essays exploring the party, our aim is to present a comprehensive view that not only highlights its strengths but also provides constructive criticism to facilitate its growth and transformation into an inclusive and democratic entity. The four-part series aims to lay the groundwork for constructive criticism, focusing on enhancing inclusivity, democratic processes, and adhering to the principles of inclusive Islamic leadership.

The primary fundamental pillars upon which the UBJP should stand is inclusivity and the active participation of both men and women from various ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds within the Bangsamoro region. Inclusivity involves fostering an environment where diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences are acknowledged, respected, and involved in decision-making processes. By embracing diversity, the UBJP can ensure the representation and welfare of all citizens, fostering a sense of belonging and unity for a stronger political organization.

A crucial aspect of an effective political party lies in its adherence to democratic principles with Bangsamoro characteristics. This simply means having a consensus agreement of putting emphasis on the good and not just on an individual's personal interests. This also includes implementing transparent and accountable processes, the UBJP can strengthen its legitimacy and gain the trust of the Bangsamoro people. Internal party elections, selection of party candidates, and policy-making procedures should be conducted democratically, with sufficient representation and input from party members at all levels. Additionally, fostering a culture of open dialogue, constructive debate, and the right to dissent will enable the party's leadership to make informed decisions that truly reflect the will of the people.

The UBJP, as its name suggests, carries a responsibility to uphold Islamic principles of justice, compassion, and equitable governance. By aligning its values with these principles, the UBJP can create a distinctive identity that resonates with the Bangsamoro people and with the concept of Amanah or trust by Allah (SWT). Leaders are given the Amanah to ensure that there is inclusivity in Islamic leadership that prioritizes social justice, addresses economic disparities, promotes gender equality, and protects the rights of minorities and marginalized groups. Fostering an environment where individuals are treated fairly and with compassion reinforces the party's commitment to the principles of justice rooted in Islamic teachings.

Lastly, UBJP has the potential to make a significant impact on the political landscape of the Bangsamoro region. By embracing inclusivity, establishing democratic processes, and embodying the principles of inclusive Islamic leadership, the party can create a space where diverse voices are heard and respected. Constructive criticism plays a crucial role in driving this growth. Through reflection, willingness to adapt, and a genuine commitment to improvement, the UBJP can evolve into an inclusive, democratic, and principled political force that strives for the betterment of the Bangsamoro people and the region as a whole.

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The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of The Lobbyist.


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