Diplomatic corps’ support for BBL elates Palace

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Malacañang on sunday expressed elation over the diplomatic corps’ expression of support for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which has hit a snag in Congress following the deadly encounter between policemen and armed dissidents in Mamasapano town in Mauindanao province last January.

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“We thank our friends from the diplomatic corps who are affirming their solidarity with our country in building the foundations for enduring peace,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. over state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

Coloma welcomed the statement issued by several ambassadors from Western and Asian nations which expressed the need to have a BBL to ensure peace in Mindanao, a region wrecked by seemingly endless conflicts.

“We, of course, thank their expression of solidarity. The cooperation and unity of other countries in our peace process only emboldens government to further push the passage of this significant measure,” Coloma stressed.

Last week, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) posted a copy of the statement of support signed by 17 ambassadors to the Philippines including the United States, Australia, Germany, European Union, The Netherlands, Canada, Japan, and Korea, among others.

“We, the undersigned, share a common aim with the people of the Philippines to work towards a just and lasting peace in Mindanao that brings prosperity, security and social benefits to all Filipinos and maintains the unity of the Republic of the Philippines,” the statement read.

Coloma said Malacañang will continue to dialogue with Congress leaders for the timely consideration of the measure.

JOEL M. SY EGCO

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