CBCS OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON MAMASAPANO BLOODY INCIDENT
We, the partners and members of Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society, Inc (CBCS, Inc), a network of Moro Civil Society Organization in Mindanao are extending our sincere condolences to the bereaved families and relatives of the members of the PNP-SAF, MILF forces and innocent civilianswho died on what they called “uncoordinated encounter” with members of the 105th MILF based command and some members of the BIFF in Tukanalipao in Mamasapano, province of Maguindanao.
We appeal to every citizen of this country to refrain from issuing statements that would aggravate the entire situation. It is always prudent to be calm at this point in time and exercise sobriety particularly at this time when the elusive peace in Mindanao is within reach. We fervently hope and pray that people will exercise utmost prudence on this trying time.
While, we recognize the strong resentment of many people around the country on this historic bloodshed, it is the best that our judgment on the said incident should be based on fact and truth. It is therefore wise to avoid finger-pointing at anybody at this point in time.
On the other hand, we conclusively lauded the statement of his Excellency, President Benigno Aquino recently as a genuine reflection of its undying commitment with Bangsamoro people for the long desired peace in Mindanao, in his speech; he says “The success of the entire peace process is contingent on this law”. We therefore believe that Malacanang is strongly putting resiliently its trust and confidence on the substance and importance of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as this will bring peace and development in Mindanao.
CBCS is further urging both panel, the government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to conduct impartial investigation as soonest possible time on the incident using mechanisms duly agreed upon under the ceasefire agreement with the participation of course of the third party to maximize the integrity of the result.
We appeal to both sides to immediately review and operationalise ceasefiremechanisms such as; Adhoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG), Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and International Monitoring Team (IMT) as this can help strategically defuse the tension now taking place in the area. As we believe that, if the provisions in the ceasefire agreement strictly observed, like paragraph 5 in implementing guidelines on the joint communique of 6 may 2002, which state “To avoid unnecessary armed confrontations, the displacement of communities and damage to properties, the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) or Tactical Command Post (TCP) of the government operating forces and with the MILF forces in the area shall work and coordinate closely with the AHJAG and vice versa” and other provisions of the ceasefire agreement,the tragic incident in Mamasapano should have been avoided.
As we vehemently condemn the bloody incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, we are calling upon the media as conveyors of truth to the public to be balanced, non-partisan, impartial, objective, and avoid provocative reporting.
We therefore strongly appeal to congress, senate and other government institutions not to equate the importance of Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to the carnage, and instead make necessary measures allowing the peace to reign amid these challenges. Despite of all, we are still confident, the sincerity of the government and both parties in general of finding ways to achieve peace in Mindanao is still unquestionable and solid.
MAY GOD GRANT THE PEACE THAT WE ARE LONGING FOR MINDANAO.
1) Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society, Inc.
2) Kadtuntaya Foundation Inc. KFI
3) Mindanao Women Advocacy for Good Governance
4) Moro Women Development and Cultural Center, Inc.
5) Mindanao Action for Peace and Development Initiatives, Inc
6) Young Advocate for Peace and Development Network
7) Forum ZFD
8) UNYPHIL Women
9) Kadtabanga Foundation
10)Community Organizers Multiversity – CoM
11)Young Advocate for Peace and Development Network
12)United Youth for Peace and Development
13)Bangsamoro Shariah Lawyers League Inc