Survey says 45% of Filipinos believe next president should implement the CAB

The latest SWS survey showed 45% of the Filipinos believe that the next president should implement the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), a peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) according to a report of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) posted in its website.

Commissioned by the OPAPP, the survey was conducted from March 30 to April 2 among 1,500 respondents nationwide.

Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said as quoted in the said report, “The survey proves that the most Filipinos want to sustain the gains achieved by President Benigno S. Aquino III and his administration in resolving the Bangsamoro issue.” 

The peace deal provides the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the Philippine Congress that will lay down the foundation for an autonomous Bangsamoro government aimed to end the decades of conflict in Southern Philippines. The CAB-compliant has more fiscal and political power.

Of the five presidential candidates, only Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Administration bet Mar Roxas have commitment to deliver the BBL.

The Bangsamoro people are hopeful that the next Administration will comply with the peace deal signed by the Aquino Administration.

The MILF leadership said they will not accept BBL that is not compliant to CAB for it shall not address the Bangsamoro question.

MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said the MILF is committed to pursue the peace process despite the failure of the Congress to pass the proposed law.