OPAPP to conduct Bangsamoro peace process consultations through peace tables

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will be conducting more consultations with the public through “peace tables” in able to hear the voices of the grassroots communities and draw recommendations towards the success of the Bangsamoro peace process.

“OPAPP will pilot that peace table at Lanao on November 24,” said Under-Secretary Nabil Tan of OPAPP during the second day of the Bangsamoro CSO Leaders Consultation & Workshop on Mindanao Peace Process held at Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City on November 21-25, 2016.

Tan, one of the keynote speakers of the event, said the consultations through peace tables will engage various sectors like the sultanates to ensure the inclusivity of the Bangsamoro peace process.

He explained that the peace table is the initiative to hear voices of those who were not included in the consultations during the peace process under the past administration.

He presented the updates on the Bangsamoro peace and development roadmap of the Duterte administration citing the two simultaneous tracks namely the passage of enabling law and federalism.

The speaker related that the government will form separate panel to talk with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari who refused to join the crafting of enabling law by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

During the previous administration, Misuari was invited to join the BTC in drafting the BBL but he turned down the offer. 

Tan also disclosed the possibility that he will chair the government panel in talks with the MNLF-Misuari group.

He said socio-economic development, security aspect, and transitional justice and reconciliation are among the components of normalization process.

Part of gathering inputs of the BTC according to Tan is the conduct of all Bangsamoro assembly where groups from various sectors will be consulted on the drafting of the enabling law.

The Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society organized the consultation with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency. It was aimed to build solidarity and consensus among Moro leaders in pursuing lasting peace in Mindanao.