Bangsamoro, Christian leaders commit to safeguard the gains of peace process

As the Bangsamoro people prepares in setting up a new autonomous government following the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, Bangsamoro Fronts and Christian religious leaders committed to safeguard the gains of the peace process during a peace dialogue held at the Waterfront Hotel at Davao City on September 26 to 28, 2018.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Moro National Liberation Front Vice-Chairman Hatimil Hassan, Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, ARMM Deputy Governor for Christian Edgardo Ramirez, and Reverend Danilo Bustamante, Chairman of EDCP signed the manifesto of Bangsamoro and Christian leaders.

Other signatories of the manuscript were Bishop Noel Pantoja, United Nations Development Program Head for Cotabato City Winston Aylmer Camarinas and Bishop Edwin dela Pena of the Prelature of St, Mary of Marawi.

The leaders recognized that “a greater responsibility  on our shoulders after the BOL passage, to implement it, to make it inclusive and participatory.”

They also expressed gratitude to the efforts of Christian leaders in fleshing out some of the salient provisions of the BOL through their 17-Point Agenda for Peace.

The Bangsamoro and Christian leaders reaffirmed that the peace agreements and the dividends gained should be understood very well in the midst of high expectations of stakeholders in terms of its concrete delivery to the community level within and outside the core territory.

They also called for a political dialogue and engagement between the Christian and Bangsamoro leaders and among the religious leaders for the purpose of peace and unity.

Further, the leaders called on the Philippine Government to translate into concrete actions their responsibility as a Party to peace agreement by issuing a policy directive to the LGUs within the Bangsamoro areas to take the lead in the information dissemination of the BOL.


A Manifesto of the Bangsamoro and Christian Leaders