Gov’t sees growing legion of peace campaigners for Bangsamoro pact—Deles April 12, 2014Posted by HERBERT CURIA in OPPAP, PEACE TALK UPDATES.
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Gov’t sees growing legion of peace campaigners for Bangsamoro pact—Deles
Deles was here for the “Ka-PEACEtahan ng Maguindanao” hosted by Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, which was highlighted by a kanduli or thanksgiving banquet in celebration of the CAB signing.
Mangudadatu reiterated his support to the establishment of the Bangsamoro government, saying this will pave the road for lasting peace and fuel the entry of investors in the area.
While expressing hopes for the positive outcome of the plebiscite, Deles also asked the constituents not to vote blindly in ratifying the BBL.
“When they ask questions or clarifications, we should grant it to them. That is their right and it is our obligation to answer to the best of our ability. To those who have already decided because there is enough basis for a decision, the call is do not just prepare your own vote but to help sell this to others,” Deles said.
ARMM straddles the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
“By and large, what we have seen in the consultations [in these provinces] is a real interest, a real desire to have the best for the Bangsamoro,” Deles stressed.
In Mindanao, voices of support to the CAB have begun to pour in. For one, the Mindanao Civil Society Organization Platform for Peace, an umbrella of at least 120 groups and networks on the island, has thrown its support to the passage of the BBL.
For his part, Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs, said the front is confident that the BBL will be ratified during the plebiscite, based on the “general pulse of the Bangsamoro people.”
“Naniniwala kami na majority o di kaya lahat sila ay papabor dyan sa basic law, sapagkat gusto nila na mayroon silang gobyerno [na Bangsamoro] (We believe that majority will favor the basic law because they want to have a [Bangsamoro] government),” Jaafar also told reporters.
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