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Hopes and Challenges of the Bangsamoro: Towards Broadening a Peace Constituency

The peace constituency needs to go beyond Mindanao, into the halls of Congress and the Senate, into local and barangay councils in the Visayas and Luzon, in Metro Manila, into the board rooms of corporations, into the classrooms of universities and schools, into the consciousness of the MRT and LRT commuters, into mainstream news and talks shows and reflected even in the themes of soap operas and in the tills at the box office and into dinner and luncheon meetings and perchance flagship projects of Rotary clubs.

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The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro: History Writ and Yet to Come

It has been an open secret over the past week or so that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will be signed any day now between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). With this document, the long-desired final peace agreement will come into effect in the conflict-affected […]

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Preserving and Guarding the Peace Gates of the Bangsamoro

The Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) offers these words of kindness to all peacemakers of the Bangsamoro. Indeed, blessings will come for those who have offered their lives, limbs and all.

As the accord we all have been working for has been reached, we hope that the guns will remain silent and the ploughshares, goodwill, and nation building replace them. Kudos to the peace panels, their principals, civil society and their constituents and more so the Filipino and Bangsamoro peoples for staying the hard, difficult road in accompanying and seeing through this process to reach this cherished dream.

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A Postscript to the Wealth Sharing Deal

The health of a peace negotiations built on trust and consensus on the substantive agenda will always serve as basis of our “sense of urgency” battle cry which goes beyond the deadline issue. As you carry out agreeing on the remaining Annexes on Power-Sharing and Normalization and the final agreement, our two-pronged essential project now is making the Bangsamoro an imperative in the public and policy agenda and encouraging the public to own and extend support to this transformative process.

We, the Mindanao CSOs, guarantee our steadfast commitment in seeing through the process even beyond the final agreement to be reached by both Parties – until the full establishment of the Bangsamoro government.

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Remaining Steadfast with the Bangsamoro Ideal

It is with renewed hope and enthusiasm that we, the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW), meet the agreement reached by both panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the just concluded 38th round of peace talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The midnight-hour agreement on the Annex on Resource Generation and Wealth-Sharing may have historically been the most long-drawn out process yet experienced since the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) nine months ago. Yet despite this, both panels persevered and proved that our trust in them was well-placed and well-earned, as they exerted themselves to the utmost in finding the necessary flexibility and space to come to an acceptable conclusion.

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