MILF Chairman Ebrahim pushes to work harder with HWPL for peace in BARMM, end conflict in Ukraine and Palestine

Manila, Philippines — The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) in collaboration with the HWPL Philippines has been working together for several years through the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Chairman Ahod “Alhaj Murad” Ebrahim in implementing peace initiatives in the Bangsamoro region. 
During the 2nd National Peace Convention held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay, Metro Manila on Saturday, April 20, Alhaj Murad, in his keynote speech, highlighted the partnership with HWPL Philippines in support to peace initiatives even before the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was established in 2019 through the passage of RA 11054.

The MILF Chieftain, also the Chief Minister of the Bangsamoro Transitional Government said that eight years ago when they started collaborating with HWPL Chairman Lee Man-hee, they work together and as a symbol of partnership, the two leaders agreed and established a peace monument at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao Del Norte.

“We make sure that all the peace programs and activities of HWPL would be felt all across the autonomous region. We have collaborated with many peace initiatives such as the First Bangsamoro peace education, summit conference and the second world peace summit in Camp Darapanan,” he said.

“Looking ahead, the Bangsamoro Government remains committed in our pledge to more collaboration towards enacting the DPCW and bringing peace in the country and in the Bangsamoro, and in the global village,” he added.

Chairman Murad said that this initiative led him to declare January 24 as the HWPL Peace Day in the Bangsamoro. 

“I’m humbled to highlight that the transition authority parliament has adopted Resolution NO. 439 declaring January 24 as a Peace Day in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao”.

He said that the parliament has also adopted Resolution No.440 supporting the HWPL’s efforts for the recognition of the declaration of peace and cessation of war as an internationally legally ending instrument of peace.

“Now that our work is not yet over, there is a need to institutionalize the declaration of peace and cessation of war in the whole country. We see that it worked in Bangsamoro and I find there’s no reason that it could not work in the rest of the country,” Ebrahim further said.

Ebrahim also emphasized the global call that there must be a strong push to rally the efforts and help end the conflict in Ukraine and the ethnic cleansing and genocide by the state of Israel against the Palestinian people.