• International community appeals to PH Congress to honor peace agreement with MILF

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    Around 78 international organizations appealed to members of the Philippine Congress for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

    “We, the undersigned organizations condemn this recent violence in Mamapasano town, Maguindanao province, Philippines. We call for a timely, transparent and thorough investigation and prosecution. At the same time, while the investigation and quest for justice is ongoing, we urge the Philippine Congress to complete their deliberation and adopt the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” they said.

    The group also expressed their solidarity and support to the Women Engaged in Action on the UN Securty Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and other Filipino organizations as they call for “observance of the confidence-building measures that the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) agreed to undertake including the turning in of the first of MILF weapons to signal the start of the decommissioning process under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro’s (CAB) Annex on Normalization; and the holding of a joint security assessment for enhanced cooperation between the government and the MILF.”

    According to the group, the Philippines serves as “a shining example in women’s participation in peace processes.”

    “The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on the Bangsamoro by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and its Annex on revenue generation and wealth-sharing, which provides for the use of public funds for gender-specific development programmes and activities is attributed to women’s leadership in the peace negotiations and strong advocacy of women’s groups and other civil society actors,” they noted.

    Following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the Philippine Congress has undergone deliberation on the Bangsamoro Basic Law which would turn the Comprehensive Peace Agreement into a law. The said law is expected to be adopted in the coming months.

    However, the killing of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces (PNP-SAF) and 19 civilians in an encounter on Jan. 25 with the MILF and its splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Mamapasano town, Maguindanao, Southern Philippines has put the peace process in jeopardy.

    Some actors are taking advantage of the Mamapasano tragedy to undermine the trust between the government and the MILF. There are even some groups already calling for a halt to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

    Despite that, the international community continues to look up to the Philippines as a leader in the pursuit of peace and justice and in women’s participation in political and peace processes at all levels.

    It also stands ready to provide support in order to translate the words of the peace agreement into realistic actions.

    “The Filipino people deserve nothing less than the fulfillment of the promise of long lasting peace,” they said.

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    1. annabelle silvosa on

      yes. yes, let us give peace another chance… if only the war mongers in manila realize the horrors and hazards of war… let us all go back to our HISTORY to understand the intricacies of Mindanao…. the history that depicts the struggles of Mindanao peoples way way back in time…even before the SETTLERS came first in trickles then in droves…