• MILF won’t go back to war – Marcos

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    THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been vocal in its opposition to the revised draft of a proposed law that will create a Bangsamoro region but this is not enough reason

    for the group to go back to war, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday.

    Speaking during the “Youth Forum on the Bangsamoro Basic Law” held at the University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas City, Marcos said he is convinced that the MILF leadership truly wants peace.

    Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government and the sponsor of the Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), said based on his discussions with the MILF, he believes that the organization is sincere in trying to find ways to bring peace in the region.

    “They (MILF) do not want to return to war. They do not want to continue the fighting. They want to have lives that are normal, that are within the mainstream of the Philippine society,” the senator said in response to a question raised by a student.

    Marcos added that despite the differences in ideas on how to achieve peace, he has confidence in the MILF as the government’s partner in achieving peace in the South.

    He also noted that the BLBAR will help attain peace in the region

    Marcos also expressed confidence that Congress can explain to the MILF the changes in the proposed Bangsamoro Law.

    “All the changes and all the amendments that we made, all the proposals that we have included are borne of logic and of sound reasoning,” he told the students.

    “It’s been a rocky road but I think at this point in time, we can be confident that our counterparts in the MILF and for that matter the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) are desirous of peace,” he added.

    The senator however admitted that the government will also have to deal with other armed groups such as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other splinter groups that may be formed in the future to ensure that there will be peace in Mindanao.

    Marcos said the process of decommissioning, which was not included in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law but inserted in the substitute bill, will also help usher peace in Mindanao.

    He noted that the decommis¬sioning process is central to the peace efforts because “if there are no arms, there will be no war.”

    ”Right now, the surrendered firearms will be put to a store house. My proposal is not only to store. We will use the language, it will be put beyond use. In other words, let’s destroy them so that these will not be used again,” Marcos said.

    ”We should go to basic principle that if there is no arm, there is no war,” he added.

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    1. He is the man needed by our nation to be the President of the philippines 2016. Senator Bong Bong Marcos Jr. is the most qualified politicians for the post of Presidency.. God BLess philippines and god bless you sir..