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In Modest Gains We Remain Hopeful: Moving Forward with the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Despite the seemingly uphill challenge to submit a mutually acceptable BBL to the President and then Congress still before us, we at IID express our continued hope and support for the successful conclusion to this peace process begun 17 years ago. We realize that as the details become more explicit, the terms more binding, the mechanisms more complex and the pressure to deliver ever building, we all still find value in the incremental gains that continue to be tallied, and in the persistence of both panels to persevere with the task at hand. To this we can only express our admiration and say “padayon” and persevere!

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A Call to Preserve Japan’s Peace Constitution: Support the Global Article 9 Campaign

We, the members and conveners of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict in South-East Asia (GPPAC-SEA), support the global, regional and local calls for Japan’s current government to halt its efforts at amending and reinterpreting its 1947 Peace Constitution, particularly Article 9, which deals with Japan’s security and defense. In attempting to expand Japan’s peacekeeping and mutual defense role in the region by reinterpreting Article 9, the Japanese government now hews dangerously close to discarding the peace-compass Japan has steered by over the last six decades.

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THE BANGSAMORO PEACE AGREEMENT IS OURS TOO!

The success of peace in the Bangsamoro is not just for the peoples of the Bangsamoro and the Philippines, but ours as well in region.

We are meanwhile mindful of the concerns raised by stakeholders whom we met in Cotabato and Manila during our visit with regards to inclusivity of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the delay in its submission to the Congress of the Philippines. We hope that these concerns are listened to and addressed.

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GLOBAL PEACE ACTIVISTS SUPPORT BANGSAMORO PACT, REMIND OF LESSONS FROM PAST SOUTHEAST ASIA PEACE PROCESSES

Peace activists and key civil society actors from different countries in Southeast Asia, who participated in the first international peace and solidarity mission to Bangsamoro, vowed to extend their support for the Bangsamoro peace process while highlighting the importance of its success to regional peace.

“The success of peace in the Bangsamoro is not just for the peoples’ of the Bangsamoro and the Philippines, but ours as well in region,” the twenty-member delegation, who are also key actors in their respective peace and democratic processes, said in a statement released today.

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First International Mission in Support of the Bangsamoro Arriving

Peace activists and key civil society actors from different parts of Southeast Asia are set to embark on a solidarity and peace mission to Mindanao next week as part of a “Friends of the Bangsamoro” campaign, jointly organized by the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Mindanao Peace Weavers (MPW) and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict-South East Asia (GPPAC-SEA).

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