PNoy assures passage of Bangsamoro law
MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino has assured the Muslim community that the government will deal with all obstacles to the completion of the framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Aquino said his administration is working hard for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by 2014, which is seen to end the decades-long armed conflict in the south and pave the way for a prosperous Mindanao.
He emphasized that the government is stepping up efforts to stop a few groups from trying to disrupt the peace process in their bid to advance their own interests.
“Just as we are committed to do right and to work together to advance the common good, there are those who are committed to perpetuating the conditions that lead to the misery of many and enrich a powerful few,” the President said in his speech during the dinner on the occasion of Eid’l Fitr (end of Ramadan) in Malacañang.
“Therefore all of us, who are people of goodwill, must overcome every obstacle they place in our path. Every effort they make to disrupt the peace process should be met by our superior effort. In this manner, we will ensure that, just as we are in the right, our just cause will prevail,” he added.
Mindanao was hit by violent attacks recently.
Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari had also been assailing the agreement.
But the President underscored that the framework agreement forged with the MILF stood as a testament to the meaningful change that could be borne out of true partnership and willingness to sacrifice.
He asked the MILF, peace advocates and other stakeholders to do more to attain their shared goals.
“We still have some steps to go as we work to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law by 2014. For this reason, let us continue to find in our hearts the trust and goodwill necessary for the fulfillment of our dreams of peace, bearing in mind not the interest of the few, but the betterment of the majority,” Aquino said.
The President also lauded the Filipino-Muslim community for their efforts and sacrifices to work together with the government to achieve genuine peace and progress in Mindanao.
“Our commitment to positive change will therefore determine the outcome of our endeavors. Just as you have all fasted and fulfilled one of the great obligations of your faith, it is my hope that every Filipino will find in your example the kindness, humility and devotion to sacrifice, which are fundamental to establishing lasting peace in our country,” Aquino said.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda also expressed confidence that the people of Mindanao would not be easily swayed by moves to counter the Bangsamoro framework agreement because Mindanaoans are cognizant of the “earnest efforts” exerted by the government and the MILF to draft the accord and its annexes.
“They saw how difficult it was for us to come up with a workable, doable framework agreement and also the annexes. This shows sincerity on the part of government. This also shows sincerity on the part of the MILF to come up with a doable solution to the decades-old problem of conflict and underdevelopment in Mindanao,” Lacierda said in a press briefing yesterday.
“Once we finish with the comprehensive agreement, the benefits will redound to the entire Muslim Mindanao,” he added.
The framework agreement is a preliminary peace agreement signed in Malacañang last Oct. 15. It calls for the creation of an autonomous political entity named Bangsamoro, replacing the ARMM that was described by Aquino as “a failed experiment.”