Bigger work lies ahead after passage of BOL-Sec. Dureza

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza said that there is a bigger work to be done with the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), a report by Manila Bulletin said on July 31.

Dureza’s statement was made during First Stakeholders’ Conference of the United Nations Association of the Philippines on Monday at the University of Makati.

 “We have reached milestones but there is still much to do in our work for peace,” Dureza said as quoted by Manila Bulletin.

Dureza added that in spite of this, he remains optimistic the landmark measure will address the grievances of the Bangsamoro people.

Dureza who has been engaged with the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) through the peace process prior to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s administration hopes that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will address the grievances of the Bangsamoro People. 

Dureza said he trust the leadership of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim over the Bangsamoro people.

“I trust that this mechanism will bring a better Bangsamoro area. Dahil I know the leader of the MILF – and I trust that knowing him as a person – he will be up to the requirement of how we could move the Bangsamoro Law for the benefit of everyone,” he said.

In the same article, Dureza also extended his gratitude to the United Nations (UN) and its agencies for being “one of the strong allies in the work for peace.”

“The UN agencies have been very helpful in our work to where we are today. He disclosed that in the course of negotiations, there have been problems, but they did not falter. They continue to work for peace,” he said.

Dureza also urged the UN to stay the course in moving peace forward.

“We need your support, assistance, knowledge, and continuous faith that we can work together on this,” he said.