“Western Mindanao CSO’s urge Bangsamoro Leaders to unite to respond to Pres. Duterte’s campaign for an all-inclusive peace process

Civil society organizations in Western in a forum on November 8 held in Zamboanga City have urged Bangsamoro leaders to unite as it is a key to advance the common interest of the Bangsamoro people and ultimately bring peace in Mindanao.

In an article by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) posted online on November 14, Eddie M. Alih of the Muslim Upliftment Foundation of Tawi-Tawi, Inc. said Bangsamoro leaders should unite to respond to the Duterte administration’s campaign for an all-inclusive peace process in Mindanao.

“We are challenging the leadership of the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) [and] the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) to get together for the sake of the Bangsamoro people”, Alih said.

‘I urged fellow peace advocates to unite for the Bangsamoro people as the government and the Moro fronts are now in the process of implementing all Bangsamoro peace accords, Alih added.

Hafidz I. Kumar of the Basilan Youth Congress said all the Bangsamoro organizations including those from the royal houses of the Sultanes of Sulu and Maguindanao have a common aspiration.
“Kung ano po ang pinaglalaban ng mga Sultanate, MILF, MNLF at ano pang grupo pare-pareho lang po yan para sa mga mamamayang Moro, para po yan sa right to self-determination,” he said.

In the same forum, Col. Dickson Hermoso, Assistant Secretary of OPAPP, who was one of the resource speakers, assured that “no one should be left behind” in the peace process.

“The President’s guidance is clear that no one should be left behind in this entire process – that is to have an all-inclusive process. Regardless of the groups, everybody must jump on the bandwagon,” Hermoso, who is a member of the Government Panel Implementing the Bangsamoro Accords, pointed out.

“Let’s join. Let’s be a part of this historical exercise. Don’t just allow your leaders to do the decide for you. It is important that you – the stakeholders – must be heard,” he urged.
Hermoso said the government is working on two-pronged approaches—to settle the Moro rebellion problem politically, and to infuse socio-economic development projects in conflict-prone and affected areas throughout Mindanao.