Friday, January 17, 2014

“Bangsamoro Basic Law is for our people”-MILF

From the Website of MILF

“Bangsamoro Basic Law is for our people”-MILF

  • “The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is not for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), it is for our people as a whole”. This was the statement of the Moro Front posted on January 8 in its official website,

The BBL being crafted by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) will govern the future Bangsamoro new political entity as envisioned under the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed on October 15, 2012. With the cooperation of all the commissioners, the drafting of the BBL is moving fast. Public engagements as well are on full swing. The commissioners with their indefatigable staff, NGO co-partners and the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI) are reaching out to local communities to seek for their ideas or opinions on the basic law.

The current peace negotiation between the GPH and MILF Peace panels is travelling fast and covering much of the ground in the peace journey and both are bent on completing the last contentious issues on Bangsamoro waters and annex on Normalization hopefully before April of this year.

But in the same editorial, the MILF said that, “nothing is sure yet as far as the final closure of the GPH-MILF peace negotiation”.  Negotiation it said is a human endeavour that is highly unpredictable. “It is like a mercury that rises up and low very fast depending on the prevailing temperature or heat.”

Giving emphasis on the value of trust, the MILF said, “It is not always true to say that you cannot trust your “enemy”. “Anybody can be trusted; it only depends on the degree and level of engagement”, the MILF further said.

“Fear should not always be the guidepost in making decision with your nemesis. Oftentimes, one must trust even the most untrustworthy in order to succeed. Oftentimes, if not in all, trust begets trust --- and it must be genuine”, the MILF continued saying.

The MILF went on saying, “It is for this reason that we appeal to our brothers from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to come to grip with reality that during the current Aquino administration, the only viable and pursued peace track is the one with the MILF.  The track with the MNLF had its time before. What should be done now is for the MNLF and MILF leaders to work together to pluck out what are good in the GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement (GRP-MNLF FPA) in 1996 and incorporate them into the BBL The BBL should contain the best from the FPA and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its Annexes, which will be signed into one document called CPA”.

“If nothing of consequence blocks the way, the chance of signing the comprehensive peace Agreement (CPA) very soon is very possible”, said the MILF in the same editorial.

MILF Website