CSOs urged to help in the Bangsamoro Peace Process ‘Road Show’

A renowned Bangsamoro peace advocate urged the Bangsamoro Civil Society and Sectoral Leaders to help popularize the Duterte Administration’s Bangsamoro Peace Road Map through taking an active role in the  in the “Road Show.” 

Guiamel M. Alim, Chairman of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), said after the ‘Road Reconstruction,’ which pertains to the effort of the new administration to put on tract the Peace Road Map, the government now pushes the ‘legislative tract’ and ‘federalism’ to resolve the Mindanao problem

Speaking before the select Bangsamoro sectoral leaders comprised of royalties, women and youth during the Provincial Bangsamoro CSO’s and Sectoral Leaders Consultation on Bangsamoro Unity and Solidarity held in General Santos City on Tuesday (Sept 27), Alim stressed the need for the Bangsamoro leaders to help educate the public about the peace road map. 

He explained that the government will reconstitute the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, increasing its number from 15 to 21 to include the MNLF, Sultanates, Settlers, and Indigenous Peoples. 

The new BTC will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), an enabling law that will create an autonomous Bangsamoro government that will include the signed peace agreements between the government and the two Moro Fronts. 

The 17th Philippine Congress is expected to pass the proposed BBL which the 16th Congress failed to pass during the Aquino Administration.

Alim related further that the BBL will be enhanced by the 1996 GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement. 

“But we should expect there shall be ‘Road Blocks’ in the road map to peace,” Alim warned citing those could be the military, peace spoilers, lawmakers, the church, Moro Datus/Sultans, the Supreme Court or the current Philippine Constitution. 

“The perceived unconstitutional provisions of the basic law will be parked and shall be parked and included in the proposed charter change that will shift the form of the governance from unitary to federalism,” he explained relating the plan of Duterte administration.

Alim disclosed that 77 per cent of the Filipino people don’t understand Federalism.