Tempo - Marcos: Peace must be pursued in Mindanao

News & Interviews
5 January 2016

By Mario Casayuran | Tempo

tempoSen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said yesterday the national government must pursue peace in Muslim Mindanao if Congress fails to pass the proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) in the current 16th Congress which ends June 10.

“We will see what we can do within the remaining session days but even if the BLBAR fails to pass, I am confident the next administration will support efforts to find lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao because it is crucial for the development and progress in Mindanao and the entire country,’’ Marcos said.

“No matter how long the journey to peace will take, we will get there if all parties continue to show goodwill and sincerity,’’ he added. Marcos is chairman of the Senate local government committee.

Marcos is the principal author of BLBAR which is a substitute to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which was crafted by Malacanang and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

He had complained that proponents of the BBL did not or failed to consult with other stakeholders such as the Sultanate of Sulu, other sultanates, indigenous peoples (IPs) and other tribes, among others.

Marcos issued this statement amid concerns the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) expressed recently over delays in the approval of the Bangsamoro Law and the possibility that the final version may not be compliant with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

The TPMT was jointly set up by the government and MILF to monitor the implementation of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which the two parties signed on Oct. 15, 2012.

“There is an on-going, indeed increasing, uncertainty regarding the possible outcome of the legislative process concerning the BBL,’’ Alistair MacDonald, TPMT chairman said in a letter to peace panel chairmen Miriam Coronel Ferrer of the Philippine government and Mohagher Iqbal of the MILF.

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