Friday, October 7, 2016

‘We should sustain the gains of the peace process’- MILF Peace Panel Chair Iqbal

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‘We should sustain the gains of the peace process’- MILF Peace Panel Chair Iqbal

The Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel Mohagher Iqbal urged the Bangsamoro women leaders participating in a training to help “sustain the gains of the peace process” citing the signed peace agreements between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) with the MILF and MNLF. 

In a welcome message delivered during the first day of training on “Thinking and Working Politically” Framework for Bangsamoro women leaders held at General Santos City last Monday (Oct 3), Iqbal said, “We will always support causes that is for the high interest of our people.”

He said, “We should cooperate in sustaining that because that is our gains,” and added, “We should pursue better deal from the government.

“Whatever provision for the betterment of the agreements should be pursued because it is of our higher interest,” Iqbal pointed out.

He narrated the peace deals signed with the government mentioning the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and 1996 Final Peace Agreement that were signed between the government and the MNLF and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that were signed by the MILF with the Aquino administration.

Iqbal said that the Republic Act 9054 captures most of the 1996 FPA “but MNLF complained that is why there is a review.”

“Even if BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) is passed, it is still not enough to resolve the Bangsamoro problem, that is why there is a need to amend the Constitution,” he explained.

The MILF implementing panel chair suggested the Bangsamoro representation in the Senate, Shariah Law as supreme law for the Bangsamoro people, and the establishment of policing system for the Bangsamoro.

The activity was attended by select Bangsamoro women leaders. It was hosted by Women Organization Movement in the Bangsamoro (WOMB) supported The Asia Foundation.

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