The Makati Business Club (MBC) on Friday reaffirmed its continuing and unwavering support for the Mindanao peace process on the eve of the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
“We renew our call to the government to put the peace process back on track at the soonest possible opportunity,” MBC said in a statement.
To enhance prospects for peace in Mindanao in southern Philippines, it urged Congress to resume discussions on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at the earliest time.
“Consistent with the position released by 14 esteemed framers of the Constitution last January 9, 2015, MBC shares the belief that the constitutional principles of genuine human development, social justice and lasting peace underlie the CAB and, ultimately, the proposed BBL. In this context, we respectfully urge Congress to not allow revisions that would contravene these values nor run against the aspirations of the Filipino people to attain a just, harmonious and progressive Philippines,” the MBC statement said.
The influential business group warned against being distracted by the massacre of 44 police commandos in a clash with separatist rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last January 25.
“It has been more than two months since the Mamasapano incident. While the search for truth continues, we reiterate our stand that as the nation steadily moves forward from this tragedy, we must not allow political manipulation to take advantage of the legitimate grief and emotion that continues to pervade the public’s consciousness,” it said.
MBC cited what it was apparently referring to as achievements of the Aquino administration.
“Rather [than be sidetracked by the bloody incient]sobriety, unity and reason must be cemented as the guides that will steer efforts of government and the private sector toward genuine peace and in preserving the noteworthy gains that we have achieved in the last four-and-a-half years,” it said of the 54 months that President Benigno Aquino 3rd has ruled the country.
“At this crucial juncture in the peace process, let us move forward with sobriety and courage as one united Filipino nation in search of justice and peace,” the business group added.