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BANGSAMORO LEADERS LETTER OF APPEAL TO MNLF AND MILF

Posted on 14 December 2016 by cbcs_mike

For the MNLF and MILF to work together for Common Good of the Bangsamoro

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the MNLF and the MILF,

Assalamu Alaikom wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuho!

We, the one hundred twenty participants to the Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders’ Summit held from December 5 – 9, 2016 at the Royale Mandaya Hotel, Davao City, coming from the provinces and cities of ARMM and non-ARMM provinces in Mindanao, representing different Moro ethnic groups, after series of provincial consultations and regional assemblies on current important socio-political and economic cultural developments that affect the lives of the Bangsamoro, hereby declare the following:

  1. We recognize your vanguardship and strong determination in leading the struggle of the Bangsamoro for self-determination;
  2. We praise the fact that your struggle has incremental gains and victories which are now being enjoyed by the Bangsamoro;
  3. We acclaim your sincere efforts in liberating the Bangsamoro from national oppression, exploitation and discrimination;
  4. We have taken note of the historical fact that the split in the Bangsamoro fronts had caused ill-feelings and mutual distrust among the front’s leaders and much more to the Bangsamoro masses as a whole;
  5. We acknowledged that an opportunity is at hand under the new Duterte administration for the Bangsamoro to face the challenge of drafting a common enabling law that is acceptable to the Bangsamoro;
  6. We acknowledge with appreciation your common goal of establishing a Bangsamoro society that is faithful to Islamic doctrines;
  7. We express our admiration for your common effort to put your acts together and mindful and guided by the verses from the Qur’an such as:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and do not be divided among yourselves;…” [Ali-Imran 103]

“Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty,”- [Ali-Imran 105]

And:

“For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron.” [Suratul Ra’d: 11]

Reflecting on the above, we earnestly appeal to your good selves to:

  • Be mindful of the spirit of the MNLF-MILF signed unity agreements in Cyberjaya, Malaysia in 2001 that created the Bangsamoro Solidarity Conference (BSC) and the Dushanbe, Tajikistan Agreement of 2010 that established the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) through the auspices of the of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC);
  • Fully utilize the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) as converging platform for the peace agreements:
  • Listen to the outcry of the Bangsamoro masses, whose interests you swear to promote, protect and defend;
  • Be mindful that the whole Bangsamoro people put their high hope of ending their long suffering as well as the next generation through your concerted efforts and with the aid of the Almighty Allah.

Done and signed at Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City this 8th day of December 2016.

NOTE: Original document signed by One Hundred Forty One (141) Bangsaamoro Leaders.

CBCS Secretariat

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BANGSAMORO MULTI-SECTORAL LEADERS LETTER OF APPEAL TO OIC

Posted on 14 December 2016 by cbcs_mike

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Bangsamoro Platform for Unity and Solidarity (BM-PUSH)
C/O Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS)
KFI Compound, Dona Pilar St., Poblacion IV, Cotabato City,
9600 Philippines
Tel. No.: (064) 421 1686, Email Add: secretariat_cbcs@yahoo.com

December 8, 2016

H.E. DR. YUSUF BIN AHMAD AL-OTHAIMEEN
The Secretary General
Organization of Islamic Cooperation

His Excellency:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu!

We are participants in the “Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders’ Summit for Unity and Solidarity: Towards Creating a Platform for Consensus-Building among Bangsamoro Stakeholders” held on December 5 – 9, 2016 in Davao City. We are leaders of various Bangsamoro civil society organizations, academe, sultanates, religious and other organized groups. As such, we are significant stakeholders of the Bangsamoro peace processes.

We fully agree with the position of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that there is an imperative for the two Bangsamoro Fronts to work together towards attaining a just conclusion of their legitimate struggle. We take note of the statement of your excellency on December 12, 2015, where you urged “the leaders of both the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to consolidate their coordination and cooperation through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) and to engage other stakeholders in order to close ranks, strengthen and consolidate their cooperation and unity and maintain their peaceful struggle for the common cause”.

The OIC has been instrumental in the negotiation of the MNLF and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) since the very start of the peace process until the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement and even the Tripartite Review. For this, we are truly grateful.

Moreover, the OIC has facilitated the coming together of MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim Al Haj and MNLF Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari on May 18, 2010, when they signed the Dushanbe Agreement in Tajikistan. In this historic meeting, both leaders agreed that “unity is indispensable to the success of the Bangsamoro struggle”. They also agreed to establish a mechanism for coordination between their respective organizations which eventually became the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF). Thereafter, the OIC continued to support the BCF and has hosted several meetings between the Fronts.

In recent developments, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines has laid down a roadmap outlining how it will deal with the two Fronts is separate and parallel tracks. Such tracks are expected to produce two separate draft laws that are designed to create/strengthen autonomy for the Bangsamoro. However, there is no clear mechanism where the two tracks meet and converge for a stronger and unified position prior to the submission of the draft laws to Philippine Congress.

In line with these facts, we believe that:

1. The MNLF and the MILF have high level of trust on the OIC;
2. The OIC has religious ties with the Bangsamoro; and
3. The OIC has a friendly diplomatic relationship with the Government of the Philippines.

Consistent with the continuing and persistent calls for unity from various sectors of society, and recognizing the essential role of the OIC, we are therefore appealing for your urgent and sustained support to assert your moral persuasion to help fast track the unity of the MNLF and MILF. Such unity will pave the way toward a unified law that will lead to stronger governance, and eventually to the attainment of the Bangsamoro right to self-determination.

We shall be blessed by Your Excellency’s favorable and timely response to this request, InshaAllah. JazakAllahu Khair.

We are:

NOTE: Original document was signed by One Hundred Nineteen (119) delegates.

CBCS Secretariat

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SUMMIT DECLARATION

Posted on 13 December 2016 by cbcs_mike

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

DECLARATION

We, the participants to the “Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders’ Summit for Unity and Solidarity: Towards Creating a Platform for Consensus-Building among Bangsamoro Stakeholders”, held on December 6 – 8, 2016 in Davao City, coming from Central, Southern, Northern and Western Mindanao, and consisting of different Moro ethnic groups, after going through rigorous process of reflection on current social and political issues confronting the Bangsamoro people, hereby DECLARE the following:

1. We deeply appreciate the positive response of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to our call for unity and solidarity as indicated in their solidarity messages;

2. We affirm our full agreement that unity is not only a matter of convenience, but an obligation that we, as Muslims, are commanded to fulfill;

3. We honor the the gains of all peace agreements signed by the Moro Fronts and the Government of the Philippines from the Tripoli Agreement of 1976, the Final Peace Agreement of 1996 to the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro in 2014;

4. We fully support the on-going peace processes in the Bangsamoro to end the decades of violence and to start rebuilding the Bangsamoro nation towards sustainable peace and development in Mindanao;

5. We uphold the on-going cessation of hostilities between the government forces and the Moro Fronts, which has substantially reduced violence in the Bangsamoro;

6. We appreciate the signing of Executive Order No. 8, s. 2016, which expanded the composition of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to include other important stakeholders of the Bangsamoro in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law;

7. We realize the importance of the act of the Duterte administration in reaching out to MNLF Chair Nur Misuari and directing the suspension of the criminal case against him, in order for him to be able to shepherd his group in the engagement for the conclusion of the Tripartite Review and the drafting of the new autonomy law;

8. We appreciate the efforts of local and international organizations for their continuing support to the peace processes, including socioeconomic programs in the Bangsamoro and other conflict-affected areas in order to build on the gains of the peace processes;

We, the Bangsamoro civil society organizations, collectively COMMIT ourselves to:

1. Relentlessly pursue the call for unity and solidarity among our leaders;
2. Reach out to the different stakeholders and communities to build constituencies to support the peace processes;
3. Engage in a sustained intra-Moro dialogues and consultations with the various stakeholders in the Bangsamoro;
4. Support the Bangsamoro Fronts in coordinating their efforts towards a draft law that will create/strengthen self-governance of the Bangsamoro as part of our exercise of the right to self-determination;
5. Directly engage the government, the Moro Fronts, the Philippine Congress and local government units to appeal for their support to lead the peace process to a successful end.

As we do the above, we make the following APPEALS:

1. To the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to reaffirm the agreement signed by MNLF Chair Prof. Nur P. Misuari and MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on 18 may 2010 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan stating among others, that “unity is indispensable to the success of the Bangsamoro struggle and that there are no basic differences between the Fronts as both are seeking to achieve peace, justice, and a fair solution to the problems of the Bangsamoro people”;

2. To the MNLF and the MILF to coordinate their efforts and find common grounds in drafting a law that would ensure the implementation of the peace agreements and strengthen Bangsamoro self-governance in fulfillment of the aspiration for self-determination;

3. To the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to exert extra efforts in bringing together the MNLF and the MILF to forge cooperation in addressing the interests of the Bangsamoro people through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF);

4. To President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to help work for the passage of law that is consistent with the signed peace agreements and that will pave the way for stronger self-governance of the Bangsamoro, even before he moves for a federal arrangement across the Philippines;

5. To the national government to heed the call for the implementation of the recommendations of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission in order to address the historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro;

6. To the national government to expedite the release of Moro political detainees and political prisoners who had been charged/convicted of crimes carried out as part of the armed conflict in Mindanao, as provided for in the Annex on Normalization; and lastly,

7. To the Bangsamoro people to close ranks and support the call for unity, convergence and solidarity of all Bangsamoro leaders.

Signed by the participants of the Bangsamoro Multi-Sectoral Leaders ’ Summit for Unity and Solidarity: towards Creating a Platform for Consensus-Building among Bangsamoro Stakeholders in The Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City this 6th Day of December 2016.

NOTE: Original document signed by One Hundred Eleven (111) Participants.

CBCS Secretariat

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