From the Website of MILF
“We are all agreed that without the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law), the CAB will never be fully implemented,” Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel Mohagher Iqbal stressed in his message during the commemoration of the 2nd Anniversary of the signing of Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) yesterday, March 28, at the Notre Dame University Gym, Cotabato City.
He added, “While some aspects of CAB can be started, yet we will never agree that we just only observe the ceasefire and socio-economic initiatives without seeing the fulfilment of the political track.”
“Without the BBL, the CAB can never become the solution to the Bangsamoro Problem or Question,” Iqbal further said.
The event with the theme “Stand Up for Peace, Long Live the CAB” was sponsored by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) headed by Sec. Teresita Quintos-Deles who also graced the occasion.
Chairman Iqbal’s counterpart, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer was also present.
Representatives from various peace structures that support the peace process were present in the occasion. Among those were the members of the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT), Coordinating Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH), Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG), International Monitoring Team (IMT), Joint Normalization Committee (JNC), Commissioners and some staff of Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), FASTRAC, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), various INGO’s and NGO’s, and other prominent peace stakeholders.
The CAB, which provides the enactment of the BBL by the Philippine Congress, was signed by the two parties on March 27, 2014 at Kalayaan Garden, Malacañan Palace in Manila.
“There are people who see no need to commemorate the CAB over the non-passage of the BBL by the 16th Philippine Congress,” Iqbal said.
“For them, the non-passage of BBL totally diminishes the value of the CAB,” the MILF chief negotiator further said and added, “There may be germ of truth to this opinion.”
Iqbal made a sharp criticism against those he described as “vested interests groups” who are “insatiable with wealth and power and enslaved by religious bigotry” that caused the defeat of the BBL in Congress.
The 16th Congress adjourned its session on February without passing the BBL that would have paved way for the creation of a new autonomous political entity called “Bangsamoro” aimed at ending the decades-old conflict in Southern Philippines.
“It was the BLBAR (Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region) that died, not the BBL that is based on the CAB.” Iqbal explained.
BLBAR is the diluted version of the BBL introduced in the Philippine Congress. The MILF leadership had earlier said it will not accept a diluted Bangsamoro law for it will not resolve the Moro problem.
In previous speaking engagements, Iqbal said the MILF will ask the next administration to pass the BBL that is compliant to the CAB.
Earlier in her message, Coronel-Ferrer acknowledged the contributions of various ceasefire mechanisms such as the CCCH, AHJAG, IMT, among others.
At the later part of the program, Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to members of groups or committees created in support to GPH-MILF Peace Process.
Bangsamoro peace process ‘stronger’ despite BBL non-passage
“Together, we kept moving ever onwards, determined to give this tired, tired land the fresh start it so sorely needs, and keeping faith that in the end, peace will always win. Our faith is not misplaced: the peace process, while badly hit, remains intact; while battered, it has emerged, I daresay, even stronger,” said Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles during the CAB anniversary celebration held at the Notre Dame University gymnasium in the City earlier this week.
“We have attained much despite the setbacks and difficulties we have faced. Perhaps most important of these achievements is the fact that we have managed to foster a felt measure of peace on the ground even as the peace process is still moving towards its conclusion,” emphasized Deles.
The event was attended by around 500 guests comprised of local and international peace actors and stakeholders, including the MILF combatants who were decommissioned in June last year. Each of the ceasefire and peace mechanism bodies established under the Bangsamoro peace process umbrella were represented as well. Both GPH chief negotiator Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal were present at the event to honor and recognize those who have been instrumental to the success of the process.
Deles who gave the closing remarks gave recognition and thanked those who accompanied and supported the peace process. “Our commitment today would not be complete without giving full acknowledgement and heartfelt thanks to all the staunch advocates of peace who have faithfully accompanied the peace process to where it is now. While many are unable to join us here today, we salute you all and remember with gratitude those who have gone ahead. You have our nation’s gratitude.”
Aside from the presentation of plaques of recognition and appreciation, a public viewing of various films and documentaries on the lives and hopes of the Bangsamoro was also held as facilitated by non-partisan international organization Forum Civil Peace Service (forumZFD). The event likewise featured a photo exhibit depicting the dichotomy of peace and war for guests to experience and enjoy. Food booths were also set up around the venue to provide local delicacies and refreshments to the attendees.
MILF Chair Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim on the other hand was unable to attend, but sent a statement saying it would be a big mistake for Bangsamoro peace stakeholders to discontinue the pursuit of peace and development not only in the Bangsamoro but in the whole of Mindanao and across the Philippines despite the delays on the Bangsamoro peace process.
“Turning our backs on the peace process would be a mistake. After all, we have the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro intact… which is over and above the Bangsamoro Basic Law. This silver lining among the dark clouds is the legitimacy of the CAB and its binding effect to the GPH and the MILF that forged the mutually acceptable agreement two (2) years ago,” said Murad.
The statement likewise said that “It will take patience, steadfastness and leadership on both sides to reach the ultimate goal of achieving just and lasting peace. And even if the roadmap was not met, the signed CAB would at least ensure that commitments are kept and compliance is demandable.”
BBL must be passed by next administration
Secretary Deles stressed that despite the failure of Congress to pass the BBL, the CAB remains intact and the passage of the BBL early in the next administration should be pursued. “We must make the CAB not only intact but indelible. We must ensure the fulfilment of its political and legal promise in the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law early in the next administration, even as we undertake the difficult, more long-term task of dealing with the painful past and healing its deep wounds,” Deles explained.
“President Aquino has repeatedly affirmed this commitment to the peace accord up to his last day in office and beyond. The CAB, after all, is a commitment to peace that must and will span beyond administration,” she added.
“No one can be certain of the policies or priorities of the next administration. This is why, more than ever, we need to assert the CAB and its implementation, which ensures the most reasonable framework for a sustainable basis for peace, stability and development,” Murad concurred.
Murad, on the other hand, called on presidential candidates in the May 9 elections to acknowledge the CAB and ensure that its provisions are honored to ensure the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the region.
“Acknowledging that the CAB lives on and binds the parties is a good start to guide the incoming administration. Whoever wins the elections must honor the CAB and place it among the top of his or her agenda to ensure that everyone’s obligations are fulfilled. He or she must recognize that while the risk of failure is high, so are the costs of failure,” he said.
“We must continue to work on the building blocks of peace and preserve the gains thereof so that we can keep moving, as one nation, ever closer to a peace that will thrive and endure,” added Deles.
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From the Website of MILF links: http://www.luwaran.com/home/index.php/news/20-central-mindanao/634-btc-chair-thankful-for-japan-s-commitment-to-support-peace-process
Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chairman Mohagher Iqbal expressed gratitude to the Japanese Government for its commitment to support the Government of the Philippines (GPH)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace process despite the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)
Ishikawa, together with fellow Japanese embassy officials was in Cotabato City on Monday for a Grant Contract Signing with five local organizations that will implement projects as part of part of the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD).
The Japanese envoy reiterated Japan’s commitment to continue supporting the peace process.
Chairman Iqbal said BTC is privileged and honored with the visit of the Japanese diplomats. “This sends a strong message that the partnership we have built throughout the years will continue and live on, with or without BBL,” he said.
The BBL, which the Philippine Congress failed to pass, is a proposed law drafted by the BTC that is hoped to bring sustainable peace and development in Mindanao.
In his message, the BTC chair described the Japanese government as a “close friend” and supporter to the peace process.
“The presence of Japanese Government through participation in major peace mechanisms and even to the extent of granting aid in support of the peace process, has made a great impact to lead us into reaching milestones,” the BTC head disclosed.
The Japanese Embassy expanded grassroots assistance program to MILF areas and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) started a community development project supporting peace and stability in Mindanao in 2006 according to Chairman Iqbal.
He said the project together with previous projects in Mindanao was labelled J-BIRD.
“This was a rare case of Japan entering a conflict-affected region before a peace agreement was reached,” he said.
Chairman Iqbal related that in 2006, Japan joined the International Monitoring Team that was established in 2004 to monitor the implementation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement between the two parties.
Japan dispatched an expert in socioeconomic development to join the peace monitors. The BTC Chair said Japan’s actual projects and programs for socioeconomic development helped facilitate peace negotiations.
He related further that Japan became member of the International Contact Group, an international body that observes the negotiation and ensures the implementation of mutually agreed accords.
Chairman Iqbal also recalled the effort of when the Japanese Government for the peace process when it facilitated the meeting between President Aquino and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in August 2011 at a hotel near Narita Airport in Japan.
Currently, JICA is implementing the project called “Comprehensive Capacity Development Project for Bangsamoro (CCDP-B) with the BTC as its counterpart agency from 2013 to 2016.