Moro leaders say GPH-MILF deal should be sustained PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 11:28

Whatever the gains of the government peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) should not be shattered by senseless and irresponsible peace saboteurs, two officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Maguindanao Saturday said.

An all-out supporter of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement and the GPH-MILF peace deal, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said the general public should wait for the outcome of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) before issuing comments.

“The gains of the peace process will not be destroyed by simple negative comments,” Hataman told reporters.

However, he said, it would be best to allow the national government to do its role before issuing comments because it tend to become misinformation.

“Spoilers” have been spreading rumors that there are questionable provisions of the draft law that the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted to Malacanang for review and assessment.

“Surely, the government and the MILF will not fail us. They will not `rock the boat,’ they think of the next generation to come,” Hataman said.

To ensure misinformation would not find its way to the minds of ordinary people, Hataman directed all members of his cabinet to continue engaging in healthy dialogues on the gains and dividends of the GPH-MILF talks.

He urged them to reach out to communities, the intended beneficiary of the gains of the Mindanao peace process and correctly explain to them the process.

The BBL would serve as the basis for the establishment of the new Bangsamoro government that would replace the current ARMM government headed by Hataman.

Drafted by the BTC, the BBL would be submitted to Congress and then to a plebiscite in June 2016, a very essence of democratic process, Hataman said.

For his part, Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, said the evil motives of peace saboteurs would not succeed.

He said insecure sectors would always be there but when the Bangsamoro unites, they would not succeed.

He assured Malacanang that all the municipal mayors of Maguindanao’s 36 towns would not be bothered by insinuations that some of the provisions of the BBL are unconstitutional and would not get Congress’ nod.

Among the five provincial governors of ARMM, it was only Mangudadatu who publicly and aggressively supported the peace process aimed at ending decades of underdevelopment and armed conflict in the region.

Maguindanao is the hotbed of Moro rebellion and its people have been tired of war, he said.

The ARMM covers the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

“Pessimists should wait until the draft bill reaches Congress because they have their day in there if they so desire to question its provisions,” he told reporters.

Like Hataman, Mangudadatu believes the bill would be made public anyway and anybody can raise a question in due time.

Claiming they would defend the draft law even to the halls of Congress, Hataman and Mangudadatu were one in calling for the public to reserve their comments instead of spreading wrong information through the social media.

Mangudadatu urged his fellow Maguindanaon leaders to embark on massive information campaign to educate the Bangsamoro people on the processes and the gains of the peace deal.

“This is the essence of the government peace overtures, it will allow us to decide our fate and not the people outside our territory,” he said in the vernacular.

“We should not be affected by misinformation, instead let us make use of it as a stepping stone to achieve our dream of exercising our right to self-determination,” he added.

Malacanang is set to certify the proposed BBL as urgent before sending it to Congress which would resume session next week.