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DECLARATION AND CALL FOR SUPPORT BY NORTHERN MINDANAO CSOs AND SECTORAL LEADERS

Posted on 29 November 2016 by cbcs_mike

We, the conveners and participants to the “Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders’ General Regional Assembly – Northern Mindanao Cluster” last October 22 -23, 2016 in Pagadian City, including a delegation of the heirs of the Sultanates of Maguindanano and Sibugay area, hereby manifest grave concern over the following unfolding realities in relation to the peace processes and the Bangsamoro struggle for right to self-determination:The never ending negotiation between the GPH and MILF/MNLF without final resolution has brought about skepticism and doubt to growing numbers of our constituents of the effectivity of the negotiation as path to attain peace;

  • More and more people are growing impatient with the negotiation in view of the failure of the congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) despite of the overwhelming support if not unanimous of the Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders;
  • More and more people are growing impatient with the negotiation in view of the failure of the congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) despite of the overwhelming support if not unanimous of the Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders;
  • The sentiments of pursuing other, but extreme, alternative means can gain ground if the negotiation continues to be inconclusive;
  • Despite the negotiation and the ceasefire, certain places in ARMM, such as Butig in Lanao del Sur, are experiencing armed conflicts where there is military bombings done on a daily basis, displacing thousands of civilians – contrarily creating favorable conditions for extremism.

However, despite these growing and alarming developments, we reaffirm our commitments to support the ongoing peace processes. We are extending our appreciation, recognition and gratitude to the contribution, help and aid of the different local and international non-government organizations in the work to attain a lasting peace, unity and sustainable developments in the Bangsamoro. We likewise extend the same to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for bringing together the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) towards forging a joint effort in addressing the general welfare of the Bangsamoro people.

In view of the renewed and strengthened peace negotiations between the GPH and the Bangsamoro fronts, we are declaring our strong support to the following:

  • The call for unity and solidarity of the two Moro fronts, MILF and MNLF, the Bangsamoro tribes in supporting and implementing the peace negotiation;
  • The immediate passage of the BBL (consistent with FAB and CAB) and the full implementation of the agreements already signed between the Bagsamoro people and the GPH;
  • The convergence of all the final agreements between the GPH and the MNLF and MILF;
  • The immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) by the newly constituted Peace Implementing Panels, majority of which do not need congressional approval or new legislation.

In support of our declaration, we are collectively committing ourselves to:

  1. Strengthen our campaign and pursue the call for unity and solidarity among our leaders and people;
  2. Strengthen our efforts in the campaign and education of our constituents on the importance of the peace processes, its gains and the value of unity in achieving its goals;
  3. Conduct intra-Moro and inter-ethnic dialogues and consultations with the various stakeholders of the Bangsamoro on important issues that directly or indirectly affect their lives;
  4. Broadly disseminate the findings of the TJRC and its recommendations to the different stakeholders of the Bangsamoro;
  5. Actively participate in the ongoing peace processes by monitoring, responding to and advocating vital issues affecting our constituents.

We further reassert the fact that we are among the right-bearers in the peace processes. As such we will be participating in the process, in all appropriate forms, to attain its success.

Signed by the different CSOs and Sectoral Leaders in Pagadian City, this 23rd Day of October 2016.

CBCS Secretariat

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