• OIC head warns

    BBL failure may sour PH ties with Muslim world

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    The next administration will have to honor the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) or risk the souring of the Philippines’ relations with the Muslim world, the head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned Thursday.

    In a statement released by the OIC and forwarded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani said President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s successor should refile the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

    Madani issued the statement following his meeting with MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on February 28.

    During their meeting, Madani appealed to all parties to remain committed to the peace process even as he expressed disappointment over the Aquino administration’s failure to pass the bill.

    “A failure of peace process could adversely affect the good relations existing between the Philippines and the Muslim world,” Madani was quoted in the statement as saying.

    He said further delay in the BBL’s passage or the adoption of a “modified weak version” of the bill would have adverse effects on human, security and developmental aspect in the region.

    He warned against the risk of worsening the situation that could allow the spread of violent extremism.

    Madani reiterated the OIC’s firm support for the peace process and the full implementation of Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and all related agreements, namely the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 Jakarta Agreement.

    While he welcomed the Malaysian government’s continued support for the peace process, At the same time, Madani urged leaders of the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front to utilize the existing mechanism and the Bangsamoro Coordinating Forum to achieve a unified position and sustainable cooperation for the benefit of the Bangsamoro people.

    He also urged “the rest of the peace loving Philippines people to stand by their brethren in the south in their struggle to support the peace process.”

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