Philippine Gov't Promises Passage of Bangsamoro Law
In a speech during the Malacañang Eid’l Fitr dinner, President Aquino emphasised that the government and MILF’s partnership will bring about meaningful change through the new Brangsamoro law. Aquino hopes that the framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will finally pave way for a peaceful and more prosperous
The Bangsamoro Basic Law, which is expected to be passed by 2014, is the result of a preliminary peace agreement signed in Malacañang last Oct. 15. The framework agreement calls for an autonomous entity dubbed Bangsamoro to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, formerly headed by Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Misuari.
Proposed Bangsamoro territory
Aquino asked the MILF, peace groups and stakeholders to do all they can to attain their shared goal. He recognizes that there are groups which are trying to stop the peace process for their personal interests. But he remains confident, saying that “our just cause will prevail.” The President also thanked the Filipino-Muslim community for their efforts and sacrifices to achieve genuine peace.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing that once the agreement is completed, the benefits will be felt in the entire Muslim Mindanao. He also said that Mindanaoans are one with the earnest efforts of the government and MILF, and that the people will not be easily swayed by groups who will counter their efforts.