Iran’s ambassador to the Philippines believes that there is no “good alternative” in ensuring peace and stability in Mindanao than passing the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
Ali Asghar Mohammadi said during a news briefing late last week that doubts on passage of the BBL would do no good for a country that aims to establish a peaceful region in the South.
“Maybe there are changing attitudes, but there is no good alternative for [a]peace process in the Philippines than the BBL,” he added.
Declaring an all-out war in Mindanao like what then-President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada did will “only create more hatred and more animosity among the nations.”
“Making and building peace is more difficult. It is very easy to fight and kill. [The peace process] should be continued,” Mohammadi said.
The envoy added that “everybody is waiting” for a more peaceful and stable Mindanao.
“It’s all about preparedness. You should be prepared for peace plans. If your goal is peace, you should be able to manage the situation so you should not lose [a]peaceful insight.”
Deliberations on the passage of the BBL were suspended because of the Mamasapano incident on January 25 that killed some 60 people, 44 of whom were commandos from the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.
The BBL aims to establish a Bangsamoro entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It specifies wealth- and power-sharing between the national government and the Bangsamoro political entity.
Although there were concerns about the passage of the BBL as a result of the incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, the international community has remained steadfast in its support for the peace process, which could end decades-old conflict in southern Philippines.