Friday, February 14, 2014

“Support Bangsamoro Agreement”-President Aquino

From the Website of MILF

“Support Bangsamoro Agreement”-President Aquino

  • Thursday, Feb 13 2014

In his speech during the 2nd ARMM Local Government Units Summit on Governance Development held in Davao City on February 12, President Benigno Aquino III personally asked the people living the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to support a deal that will eventually cause the regional government’s abolition.

His appeal for support came less than a month after the GPH-MILF formal peace panels signed the Annex on Normalization, the last annex to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB; and the Bangsamoro Waters and Joint Cooperation at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

President Aquino emphasized the government's efforts to build just and lasting peace in Mindanao and appealed to the region for its support.

Ironically, the impending peace agreement between the government and the MILF seeks to abolish ARMM and replace it with a new political entity that will have more powers over resources in the region and be less dependent on Manila.

"There is only one obstacle that can stop us from attaining our goal: the fear and doubt of some that what happened before will happen again. That is why I call on the Filipino people, especially to our brothers and sisters who are here: give way to this step. You can be assured that for every agreement we reach, our honor and name are on the line," he said as quoted by

He encouraged the people of Mindanao to join the government in believing that it could achieve change in the region, and asked for help in ensuring "we will not return to the darkness of the past."

The President said lasting change depends on them. "Two years, 4 months and 18 days from now, I will step down from office to become a private individual who will join you in benefitting from the collective victory we've achieved. But you will remain. You and the leaders you will choose, you will build Bangsamaro. You will be the key to its triumph," he said.
He concluded his speech with what he said was the best advice he has ever received, “We win when we think of how the other can win instead of how we can win."
In his speech, Aquino also praised the way ARMM conducted its elections in May 2013, which coincided with the local and senatorial races nationwide.

Rappler also quoted President Aquino saying that in 2007, 17 municipalities declared failure of election, a number that dropped to 6 in 2010. By 2013, Aquino said only one precinct in Mindanao had the same problem. He also said from 33 incidents of politically-motivated violence in 2010, it has dropped to only 6 in 2013.

"In the following years, I vow to continue historic triumphs such as this, until we reach the day that every precinct will be successful and can have worry-free elections," he said.
"Our goal: Whatever the level of hospital care that a patient in Quezon City needs, that is the same level of care a patient in a hospital in Lamitan City, Basilan should receive. If you study in a Cebu public school, the quality of your education must be the same as one in a municipality in Tuburan, Lanao del Sur. And if you're walking on a road in Mandaluying, you should enjoy the same security in roaming a municipality in Pandag, Maguindanao," he said. 

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