Pres. Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr (Google photo)

PBBM vows to pursue genuine and progress for Bangsamoro

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Del Norte– Speaking at the 17th Meeting of the national and BARMM governments’ Intergovernmental Relations Body (IGRB) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, Thursday, President Bongbong Marcos stressed the need to pursue “peace with progress.”
The goal of building a “Bagong Pilipinas” (New Philippines) could not be realized if the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) lags behind, Marcos said as quoted by Philippine News Agency (PNA).

He said that, “the “frank and forthright” IGRB discussions are vital in achieving “genuine” peace, stressing that the shared vision for the Bangsamoro region will only be fully realized, if there is mutual trust.

“We are acting with dispatch not because of the deadlines that we have set for ourselves, but because of people battered by war for years should not be denied their destiny to live in peace,” he said.

“I would even venture to say that Bagong Pilipinas is incomplete without Bangsamoro rising along within it. At meron nga tayong mga bagong programa upang makamit natin lahat ng tunay na kaunlaran at kapayapaan para sa (And we have new programs to achieve genuine peace and progress for the) Bangsamoro,” Marcos added.

Marcos also mentioned Japan’s USD6.8 million grant aid to support the region’s road construction and emergency response.
He also mentioned that the joint awarding of petroleum service contracts and coal operating contracts in BARMM will ensure energy security in the region.

Marcos also reiterated his call for a “peaceful and credible” BARMM elections in May 2025, saying “there is only one true peace when the bloody tally of war is replaced with the scoreboard of development.”

The IGRB is composed of 20 members from the National and Bangsamoro governments led by co-chairpersons Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman and BARMM Minister Mohagher Iqbal.

In her speech, Sec. Pangandaman vowed to turn Mindanao “from a land of promise into a land of promises fulfilled.”

“We must not forget that democracy requires solidarity. It means that as we strive for a better future for our country, we, a nation united despite religious differences, are all in this together,” she said.