CenMin cluster Bangsamoro CSOs, sectoral leaders support peace process under Duterte admin

The Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and sectoral leaders from Central and Southern Mindanao who attended in a consultation-workshop declared their support to the continuation of the peace process in the Bangsamoro between the Bangsamoro Fronts and the new administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The assembly participants who gathered at El Bajada Hotel in Davao City on October 5-7, 2016 were comprise the regional conveners of the Bangsamoro Platform for Unity, Solidarity and Harmony (BM-PUSH).

The delegates who came from the provinces of Maguindanao, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Sarangani, South Cotabato and the cities of Cotabato, General Santos, Mati, Tagum and Davao included the Moro Fronts, sultanates, Ulama, youth, women, academe and community leaders.

In the two-page declaration of support, the assembly participants expressed appreciation to the involvement of local and international NGOs to work towards the realization of peace unity and development in the Bangsamoro and the intervention of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in bringing the MILF and MNLF together towards forging a joint effort in addressing the general welfare of the Bangsamoro.

The Assembly declared support to the continuation of the peace process between the Bangsamoro Front and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) under the Duterte Administation and to the enhancement of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the reconstituted and expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

Further, the participants expressed support to the on-going call of the Bangsamoro civil society groups for the unity and solidarity among the Bangsamoro leaders towards working a unified and enhanced political proposal for the Bangsamoro.

Likewise, they declared support to the implementation and recommendation of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission  (TJRC) in addressing legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro, correcting historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro and other indigenous peoples, and addressing human rights violations and marginalization of Bangsamoro due to land dispossession.

Moreover, the delegates affirmed the importance of the gains of the past peace agreements from the Tripoli Agreement  of 1976, the Final Peace Agreement in 1996 and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro of 2015.

For the betterment of the Bangsamoro, they committed to relentlessly pursue the call for unity and solidarity among leaders, raise consciousness of the different sectors and organizations of the Bangsamoro society on the importance of unity and the on-going peace processes and reach out to the different stakeholders and communities of the Bangsamoro to build constituencies for unity and solidarity and support to the peace processes.

Further, the delegates committed to engage in sustained intra-dialogue and consultations with the various stakeholders of the Bangsamomoro on important issues that directly or indirectly affect their lives.

The event was facilitated by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

MILF Implementing Peace Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal, USec. Diosita Andot from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and MNLF Spokesman Randolf Parcasio graced the event.

The CBCS said there will be two more similar regional consultations before the one Mindanao-wide in November 20-24, 2016.