Support for signing of GPH-MILF Framework Agreement continues

October 14, 2012 10:35 am 

MANILA, Oct. 13 — More expressions of support for the signing of the Framework Agreement between the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continue to pour in as Malacañang prepares for the historic event on Monday.

Dubbed as “the mother of all peace agreements that will put an end to all secessionist upheavals in Mindanao,” the Framework Agreement will be signed in the presence of President Aquino, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, and other foreign and local officials.

The agreement was reached during the 32nd round of GPH and MILF exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur and was described as the roadmap for the creation of the new Bangsamoro entity that will replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In his statement, Lanao del Sur 2nd District Representative Pangalian Balindong said that the framework agreement “provides the best chance since 2008 of finally ending our people’s 40-year struggle for autonomy and self-determination.”

“This framework agreement constitutes a major, historic breakthrough that moves us one step forward towards the creation of a new Bangsamoro Self-Governing Region to replace the present Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao,” he added.

Sulu 2nd District Representative Nur-Ana Sahidulla described the agreement as “an important step towards the achievement of peace and reconciliation, to the healing of wounds of hatred and animosity among our people.”

“We hope by having this historic document, the Bangsamoro people can finally feel the true meaning of peace, progress, and development,” she stated.

ARMM Vice Governor in-charge Bainon Karon shared the same positive response. “Personally, I feel overwhelmed. I am happy that at long last, peace, security, and development will reign in our beloved homeland,” she stated. “I therefore ask all our leaders and our constituents in the areas of autonomy and even outside ARMM to give the new agreement a chance. Let us give peace another chance.”

The Institute for Autonomy and Governance said that the “Framework Agreement provides the roadmap of a process to build the foundation for an inclusive, responsive, and efficient infrastructure for peace and development in the southern Philippines.”

Civil society groups nationwide have likewise expressed their support to the signing of the Framework Agreement while calling on various sectors to back its implementation.

“Our call to all Filipinos is let’s unite in this vision and framework for peace. Together let’s make another milestone in Philippine history where all Filipinos across the country unite for peace, freedom, and justice,” said the Manila-based Young Moro Professionals Network.

In a statement, the Mindanao People’s Caucus “calls upon all political leaders not only to express support but also to provide avenues wherein people will be able to take an active part in discussing and debating on the substance of the agreement.”

“With the Framework Agreement finally achieved, it is time for all of us to do our part in order ensure its full implementation. Let us all unite in giving it a chance to be realized and implemented in letter and in spirit,” the MPC stated.

“This ‘roadmap of peace’ should be owned and shared by all as we forge our common quest of building a just and sustainable peace in Mindanao. This desired end remains our shared task, our common duty, an end we must not lose sight of,” said the Mindanao Peace Weavers.

The Mindanao Business Council, on the other hand, challenged both the GPH and the MILF panels “to sustain their efforts with transparency through inclusive consultative process bounded by the provisions of law.” (PNA)

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