British Embassy in Manila issues Statement on BOL; Turkey also Hails Signing of BOL

The British Embassy in Manila says in a statement issued on July 30 that the United Kingdom welcomes the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law by the Congress and its subsequent signing by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 27 July 2018.

We commend the Philippine government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and other stakeholders for their efforts to finalise this landmark legislation. With the continuing commitment of the parties, the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao provides – to all – an historic opportunity to secure long-lasting peace, development and prosperity in the Bangsamoro, the British Embassy statement said.

The United Kingdom remains steadfast in its commitment to support the peace process, and the social, political and economic transformation of the region in the years ahead.

Meanwhile, in a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on July 27, the Turkish Government also hailed Philippines' new law paving way for comprehensive autonomy of Moro Muslims, praising it as “historic.”

In the same statement, the Foreign Ministry said that Turkey welcomes “the successful conclusion of the legislative process regarding the Bangsamoro Organic Law and its signing by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte.”

The statement reads as follows:

“We commend the efforts of the Philippine government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] and other stakeholders in finalizing this landmark legislation which aims to create a new political entity known as the ‘Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.’

“With the political will and vision of the relevant parties, a critical juncture in the peace process has been passed,” the statement said.

“This is a historic accomplishment,” to achieve “a just and lasting peace, stability and prosperity in Bangsamoro,” the ministry said.

“The Bangsamoro Organic Law also presents a valuable opportunity to tackle the root causes of violent extremism and terrorism and thus offers the promise of a better future for the Bangsamoro people,” said the statement.

“Turkey will continue to support the peace process as well as the social and economic development of the region in the period ahead.”

The BOL is the implementing law of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the GPH-MILF Peace Panels in 2014.

The law, formerly named Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) was passed and ratified by Philippine Congress after days of deliberations, and has been signed by President Duterte.