Bangsamoro CSO Leaders Assembly declares support for Mindanao Peace Process

After a four-day exhaustive consultation-workshops facilitated by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), participants in the Bangsamoro CSO-Leaders Assembly coming from Central Mindanao, Northern Mindanao and Western Mindanao held in Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City from November 21-25, 2016 declared their unwavering support for the Mindanao Peace Process.

Also, the CSO leaders consisting of different ethnic tribes, after having reflected on current socio-political and economic issues confronting the Bangsamoro people also declared in their statement, the following: 

1. We affirm the importance of the gains of the past peace agreements from the Tripoli Agreement of 1976, the Final Peace Agreement of 1996 and the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro of 2014;

2. We offer full support to the on-going peace processes in the Bangsamoro to end the decades of violence and to usher in the much-awaited peace and development in Mindanao;  

3. We support the on-going cessation of hostilities between the government forces and the Moro fronts, which has substantially reduced violence in the Bangsamoro;

4. We appreciate the signing of Executive Order No. 8, s. 2016, which expanded the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to include other important stakeholders of the Bangsamoro in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law;

5. We also appreciate the efforts of local and international organizations for their continuing support to the peace processes, including socio-economic programs in the Bangsamoro and other conflict-affected areas in order to build on the gains of the peace processes;

6. We call on the leadership of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to reaffirm the agreement signed by MNLF Chair Prof. Nur P. Misuari and MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on 18 May 2010 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan stating, among others, that “unity is indispensible to the success of the Bangsamoro struggle and that there are no basic differences between the Fronts as both are seeking to achieve peace, justice, and a fair solution to the problems of the Bangsamoro people”;

7. We call on the MNLF and the MILF to coordinate their efforts and find common grounds in drafting a law that would ensure the implementation of the peace agreements and strengthen Bangsamoro self-governance in fulfillment of the aspiration for self-determination;

8. We appeal to the OIC to exert extra efforts in bringing together the MNLF and MILF to forge cooperation in addressing the interests of the Bangsamoro people through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum;

9. We appeal to the national government to heed the call for the implementation of the recommendations of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission in order to address historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro; and

10. We call on the Bangsamoro people to close ranks and support the call for unity, convergence and solidarity of all Bangsamoro leaders.

Further, it is stated in their declaration that all the Bangsamoro civil society organizations collectively commit themselves to:

1. Relentlessly pursue the call for unity and solidarity among our leaders;

2. Reach out to the different stakeholders and communities to build constituencies to support the peace processes;

3. Engage in sustained intra-Moro dialogues and consultations with the various stakeholders in the Bangsamoro; and

4. Support the Bangsamoro Fronts in coordinating their efforts towards a draft law acceptable to all Bangsamoro.

The declaration was signed on the 24th day of November 2016, by the participants of Bangsamoro CSO Leaders Assembly.