KPI Conducts Peace Forum in Rajah Buayan

The Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) conducted a whole day peace forum on understanding the prospects of the new Bangsamoro Political Entity on January 2, 2018 at Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao. 

Abdulaziz Talib, KPI staff explained the 21-year on-and-off negotiations between the Government of the Philippines,and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (GPH-MILF).

“The Moro peace warriors has lengthy of patience in the diplomatic struggle”, Talib said.

Khairudin Anwar, one of the organizers said that it needs a series of peace forum for people to fully understand the significance of peace.

“Consultation with various stakeholders is one way of achieving inclusive peace”, Anwar added.

Prof. Esmael A. Abdula, KPI President and BLMI Training Officer emotionally mentioned the Bangsamoro long lost freedom due to endless colonization, and tyranny by both foreign governments, and Filipino dispensations that led to the unity of the Moro people.

 “The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is correcting historical injustices committed against the Moro people leading to the formation of a Bangsamoro political entity”, Abdula said.

Abdula explained that the Bangsamoro legitimate struggle for right to self-determination is recognized by the international community.

“It is the sole responsibility of the Philippine government to pass the draft BBL into enabling law that will reflect Bangsamoro culture, belief, and tradition”, Abdula said further.

“Preserve and sustain the agreements”, Abdula quoted the present MILF Chairman Ebrahim Murad’s statement.

MILF Political Committee, women sector, MILF supporters, and sympathizers of Rajah Buayan municipality attended the peace forum.