MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal deliver his message during the 2-day Joint Communication Plan Workshop with Irene M. Santiago, Chair of the GPH Peace Implementing Panel, and Sec. Ernesto Abella, the Presidential Spokesperson./Photo by Tu Alfonso

GPH, MILF agree to create single communications roadmap to strengthen public knowledge on the peace process

The government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will create a single communications roadmap to strengthen the knowledge of the public on the Bangsamoro peace process, said an online Mindanews report on June 5.

On Wednesday and Thursday, GPH implementing peace panel chair Irene Santiago and MILF implementing peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal met in Davao City to work on the common communication roadmap for a two-day workshop funded by The Asia Foundation, according to a press statement issued by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Mindanews report also said.

Santiago said it is important that the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will get the support of the public in order to start the full implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by the government with the MILF in 2014.

The President is expected to certify the BBL as urgent bill, Santiago said.

Chairman Iqbal said the roadmap is a “complementation of the implementation” process of the agreed political settlement, describing the plan as a necessary tool to convey both parties’ messages to the public effectively.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella who was also present during the meeting said that,  “There is need for a healthy public discourse on the Bangsamoro peace process and provide accurate information about the draft BBL when it is submitted to Congress for the public to understand and support it”.

“The joint communications planning of the government and the MILF is very important so that our messages are aligned,” Abella said.

Abella said President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the first Mindanaoan president, is serious in advancing the Bangsamoro peace process.

Duterte in his previous statements vowed to correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro People.