IN PHOTO- Participants listen to the message of one of the speakers during the peace forum in Kabacan, North Cotabato on March 19, 2018

MILF Political Committee Conducts Peace Forum in Kabacan, North Cotabato

KABACAN, NORTH COTABATO- The Political Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in North Cotabato conducted here a peace forum on March 19, 2018, with the theme: “Understanding the Bangsamoro Peace Process, and the Prospective Bangsamoro New Political Entity”.

Mohammad Antao, Board Member of 1st District of North Cotabato, said “We are eager to have lasting peace in Mindanao where all of us will live side by side, and harmoniously.” 

“All of us peace-loving people must support the present peace process between the Philippine government and the MILF to finally end the decade-long armed conflict, achieve peace, and justice in Mindanao,” Antao added.

“Peace must start within ourselves”, he underscored.

Guest speaker Professor Esmael A. Abdula, Training Officer of the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute (BLMI), and President of Kalilintad Peacebuilding Institute (KPI) said in his message, “The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is the most civilized and practical solution to the age-old Moro Question towards right to self-determination.”

Abdula said that a CAB-Compliant BBL is the best solution to normalize Mindanao situation where the Moros suffered for a long time due to armed conflict.

The BBL is a legal instrument that implements the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that once passed by congress, and ratified in a plebiscite will lead to the establishment of Bangsamoro political entity, “‘Abdula further said.

“MILF is consistent in its peace agenda with the Philippine government to pave the way for genuine, and lasting peace in Mindanao,” Abdula highlighted.