Network of Bangsamoro orgs to formulate resolution on right to self-determination and submit to Duterte

A network of Bangsamoro civil society organizations will convene tomorrow (Oct 30) a peace summit to be attended by  prominent Bangsamoro leaders to come up with a resolution that will address the Bangsamoro quest for self-determination and forward such proposition to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The event entitled 2nd Bangsamoro Leaders Peace Summit will be held at Shariff Kabungsuan  Cultural Complex at ORG compound in Cotabato City hosted by the League of Bangsamoro Organizations (LBO) which has now more than 60 affiliated organizations from different sectors of professionals, youth, women and students.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim and Moro National Liberation Front ((MNLF) Chairman Datu Muslimin Sema are expected to grace the summit together with sultanates and government officials in the regions, a press statement released by LBO said.

“The primordial objective of the aforementioned event is to convene Bangsamoro Leaders to come up with a unified stand on critical issues confronting the Bangsamoro people in general, and the current peace roadmap of Duterte’s administration in particular,” the statement said.

The Bangsamoro struggle which run for decades and claimed more than two hundred thousand lives is considered as the longest revolution in the world.

Under the auspices of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) the MNLF has inked peace accord with the Philippine Government in 1976 and 1996, however the state was unable to fulfil all the provisions of the said agreements.

In 1997, the MILF started to engage in peace talks with the government and concluded the peace negotiation in 2014 with the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) during the stint of President Benigno Aquino III.

CAB provides the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will pave way for the establishment of an autonomous political with more political and fiscal powers.  BBL passage is the sole obligation of the Philippine Congress which it failed to deliver before the term of Aquino ended.

The Duterte Administration mulls the passage of enabling law drawn from the CAB and the GPH-MNLF 1996 Final Peace Agreement that will ensure inclusivity of inputs from the two Moro fronts.

The enabling law will be drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission that will include representatives from the MNLF, Indigenous Peoples, and Sultanate.

Recently, the MILF conveyed its concern for the absence of an Executive Order from the President that will recast the BTC.

The summit proceedings will be aired live over DXJC 99.O Voice FM in Cotabato City. Video footages will be posted in youtube.

Last June 7, 2015, LBO hosted the 1st Bangsamoro Leaders Peace Summit where 507 leaders from 137 organizations in Mindanao attended.