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Keeping Faith with Peace in the Bangsamoro

The de-commissioning of 145 mujahideen from the MILF and turnover of some of their high powered firearms yesterday at the old provincial capitol in Maguindanao is not only a symbolic ‘peace offering’ from the MILF, but an evidence of its sincerity in keeping faith with the implementation of the peace agreement despite the legal tussle over the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

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The Imperative of Human Security in the Bangsamoro

So today, “Peace” is no longer a slogan but a living reality we can actually grasp and nurture. The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and its allied networks such as the Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW), Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the Friends of the Bangsamoro (FoBM) appreciates that the process of crafting of the BBL has expanded our country’s assets for peacebuilding and created favorable conditions for genuine peace. However, IID is aware that even if Congress passes the BBL into law, it will not automatically produce Human Security.

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Defining Our Roadmap to Peace: The Promise of HB 4994

The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) mark today as a new stage in the quest for peace and development in the conflict-affected regions of Muslim Mindanao. We laud and express our appreciation for the peace panels of both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), their various offices and agencies involved in the various processes, the long list of supporters, advocates and observers, both local and international, who have all helped in keeping the peace process on track despite the many hurdles and challenges lodged in its way. We take this time to make special mention of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and their leadership, who at times came across as unassailable rivals yet in the end, chose to stay the course, walk in step, seek compromise, then consensus and complete the task laid before them.

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Reaffirming Our Solidarity for Peace In Mindanao and Our Commitment to Accompanying the Bangsamoro Peace Process

We, members of the Mindanao PeaceWeavers, gathered in Davao City for a two-day Convenors Meeting to consider the state of peace in Mindanao and take stock of important lessons in the work of helping create a hopeful future for the region.

We recognize the enormous challenges that still need to be surmounted in order to address the various conflicts that weigh down development efforts and continue to consign the lives of millions of people to lingering uncertainties.

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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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