Govt-MILF peace pact signed next week

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The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sign on Thursday next week the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that will allow the rebel group to set up an autonomous government in Mindanao.

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“The signing of the CAB demonstrates the government and the MILF’s sincerity and commitment to achieve just and lasting peace that will not only benefit Mindanao, but the entire Philippines,”  Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said in a statement on Thursday.
“We have arrived at an era of shared prosperity and security that will go beyond the borders of Bangsamoro. All sectors, including the youth, will enjoy the benefits of good governance, social equity and, most of all, the rule of law in a society of cultural and religious diversity,” she added
No other details were given about the signing, as “preparations for the event are currently under way,” Deles said.

“This is an event that requires careful planning and considerations especially in terms of the venue, etc. We will be sending out invitations soon,” Deles added.
The National Youth Commission (NYC) expressed its support to the accord.
“The Commission trusts that this agreement will bring about substantial growth and improvement in the South, most especially in areas of education, health and youth development in general,” said Assistant Secretary Earl Saavedra, NYC Commissioner Representing Mindanao.
“The NYC aims, hopefully with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, to conduct a series of advocacy drives and consultations in strategic areas in Mindanao to educate the youth on the Bangsamoro framework,” he said.
The Bangsamoro will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Among its distinct features are the creation of a ministerial form of government, an enhanced revenue generation and wealth sharing scheme, further devolution of central government power and the decommissioning of MILF firearms and combatants.
After the signing, the two sides will focus on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law that must be passed by Congress before it can be submitted for a plebiscite in the proposed territory.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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