Muslim rebel factions unite for BBL passage

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Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has declared unity, as they pushed for the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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“For the sake of a just and dignified peace and of the general welfare of the people, we the MILF and MNLF firmly and solemnly declare a diluted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is inimical to the full and faithful implementation of both the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, is unacceptable to us and the Bangsamoro people,” MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim and Muslimin Sema, chairman of the so-called Council of 15 of the MNLF, said in a joint statement issued following their meeting.

The statement, signed by both Murad and Sema, said passage of an undiluted BBL will fully implement the provisions of both the 2014 CAB with the MILF and the 1976 Tripoli and 1996 Final Peace Agreements with the MNLF, according to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

The two leaders said the gesture of some lawmakers toward the BBL was an indication “of a systematic extermination of the signed peace agreements to the detriment of the Bangsamoro people and the entire people of the country.”

They both noted that “under this present situation of the peace process, we realized and feel duty-bound to strengthen and consolidate our unity and our people under the blessings of universal brotherhood for the common good and interest of all.”

The MNLF faction headed by Sema was considered the largest and most politically active group from the three factions that emerged from the MNLF.

The other factions were being headed by Nur Misuari and Habib Hashim Mudjahab.

Both Moro fronts, meanwhile, upheld the need to vigorously push for the ongoing “Tripartite Review of the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement on the linking and converging of the two peace agreements to BBL.”

They also called upon “the Bangsamoro and the Filipino people to take the side of justice and be united to strongly support the President of the Philippines and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] toward finding final, just and lasting solution to the Bangsamoro question.”

The unification meeting was the by the OIC in May this year.

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