• Moro rebel groups may take BBL to UN

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    LEADERS of the two mainstream Moro revolutionary fronts in the Southern Philippines are considering bringing the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before a United Nations body, doubting it would be passed under the present Administration.

    The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said they see the need for pressure on the government to implement the peace agreements forged with their groups.

    The MILF First Vice Chairman, Ghazali Jaafar, however, said renewal of an armed struggle is not an option, even amid the uncertainty of the bill’s passage and the peace process as a whole.

    They pledged to pursue their struggle through peaceful means.

    Meanwhile, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed grave concern over the BBL fate in Congress.

    OIC Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani said the “substantial amendments” to the BBL constitute drastic modification to the original agreement.

    “These amendments restore the national government’s control over many areas and they actually reduce the Bangsamoro government to an entity similar to an ordinary local government unit,” he said.

    The BBL—a product of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the MILF and the Philippine government on March 27, 2014—“promised to usher in a new era of peace after decades of war, displacement, misery and destitution,” he said.

    “This agreement [the CAB]is now being threatened,” he said.

    An international bloc of 57-Muslim nations, the OIC is supportive of the peace process in Mindanao, including the passage of the agreed version of the BBL, Madani said.

    “We urge the government of the Philippines and the lawmakers to ensure that the BBL, now pending before the parliament, will not come out different from the original BBL,” he added.

    Likewise, Madani urged both the MILF and MNLF to consolidate efforts through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) and engage stakeholders to close ranks in the peaceful struggle for a common cause.

    He also called upon the development agencies of the OIC and other international bodies to continue their rehabilitation and development programs in the region.

    The OIC has been rallying leaders of the two Moro revolutionary groups and other Muslim sectors to unite and put an end to the decades-long armed struggle for independence. They have been holding separate meetings locally and abroad with leaders of the two Moro fronts and other stakeholders.

    “The preparation for holding a meeting of the Tripartite Review Process on the implementation of the 1996 Peace Agreement and the linking and converging of the two previous peace agreements with the Bangsamoro Basic Law is underway,” Madani said.

    Meanwhile, the MILF has created a committee to broker the reunification process with the MNLF, from which it broke away.

    Last Saturday, Jaafar presided over a meeting in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao with MNLF head Abulkaihr Alonto and former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Assemblyman Romeo Sema.

    Alonto, chairman of the original MNLF’s “Top 90,” also known as “the Black Shirt,” said he will pursue the settlement of the MNLF internal problems, saying that their organization remains under one umbrella.

    The Alonto and Sema MNLF factions are officially supporting the MILF overtures with the government for the passage of the BBL, which seeks to create a Bangsamoro autonomous entity. But the group of MNLF’s founding chairman Nur Misuari is resenting it.

    Misuari, who has a pending arrest warrant in connection with the bloody 2013 Zamboanga City siege, failed to send delegates to the meeting but has expressed an interest in the reunification process, Alonto said.

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    1. The Bangsamoro People are in need of Government that is not like the present ARMM autonomous which is failed experiment or not genuine autonomous, so we need the Passage of original BBL based on the previous agreements such as CAB and FAB to ssure to have genuine autonomy and the Bangsamoro Questions will put to an end.

    2. You all spoke against peace. I just hope and pray that the unpeacefulness being experienced in the midst of Bangsamoro happened in your own backyards for you to understand why we long for peace in our own Homeland.

    3. Do you really think that we can have a peace agreement with terrorist and kidnappers ? I am not from Mindanao but I am very pessimistic with this agreement. I can only propose to put in more budget to help these people financially. More work more infra structure more food , education and more business . Other than that these criminals will always be there. They are there to kill, steal and destroy. These are the mark of the beast.

      • Whom are you referring as “terrorists and kidnappers”? Care to ask statistics of kidnappings from ANC, so that you will know that kidnappings in Manila and Luzon are more rampant than those happening in Mindanao. And by your arrogance you are pretending to know better what is good for us in Mindanao than than the people of Mindanao themselves? And who are great robbers than those outsiders from Luzon and Visayas who robbed our own ways of lives, politically, economically, socially and culturally as well as our ancestral domains?

      • It is sad to know that still many Filipinos cannot distinguish MILF and MNLF from Kidnappers and terrorists. Despite, they have the guts to comment and act as knowledgeable. But the truth is they are IGNORANTS. Study more MORONS. Learn the real situations in Mindanao. Get it from reliable sources not from bias media.

    4. Rockford Villegas Maunes on

      I am from Mindanao, it is welcoming I think peace begins with the Moro themselves unification with arm group like MNLF and MILF should at least be an imminent picture of peace between them and the people they are fighting for the poorest among the Moro people of their areas. But one thing the tug Misuari and the shrouded massacre of PNP SAF 44 should not be sacrifice in the name of peace. The rape of Zamboanga City and the Mamasapano incident, the unaccounted audited expenses money given to SPCPD under the Misuari leadership.