5February

MILF assures United Nations of continuous Engagement

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) gave its assurance to a high-ranking official of the United Nations that it would continue its engagement with all stakeholders including the international community in spite of the non-passage of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

In a meeting on Thursday (February 5), MILF Peace Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal told visiting UN Under-Secretary-General Adama Dieng that the MILF is “fully committed to pursue the path of peace and would continue its engagements” even if the 16th Congress adjourned its sessions already without passing the proposed legislation.

Dieng, who is also Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, relayed his encouragement to both GPH and MILF to continue seeking the avenues for the implementation of commitments made over the 17 years of negotiations.

He was keenly interested on the ways to move forward the peace process especially so that the BBL has no more chance of being enacted under the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III whose term ends on June 30.

In the two-hour meeting, Dieng and Iqbal exchanged views on how to overcome the incipient challenges on security given the growing restlessness and frustration of people in Mindanao; the stalled normalization process; the need to commence transitional justice mechanisms as well as promoting dialogues by and between Muslims and Christia.