TPMT optimistic BBL will be approved by House, Senate PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 February 2015 14:32

The Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT),  the body that monitors the progress in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, is optimistic that the Bangsamoro Basic Law will be approved by both the House of Representatives and Senate.

TPMT is chaired by Alistair MacDonald, who is the former Ambassador of the European Union to the Philippines. The members are Karen N. Tañada, Executive Director of  the GZO Peace Institute, Steven Rood of the Asia Foundation, Huseyin Oruc of Turkey. who is founding member of the Foundation for the Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief, a Turkish non -government organization and Rahib Kudto of United Youth for Peace and Development.

MacDonald told newmen during a press conference Friday at Astoria Plaza in Ortigas, Pasig,  that peace should be agreed by both the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels for the sake of peace and development for the people of Mindanao and for the future generations of the country as a whole.

“ Peace is not easy but it is worthy. On the Mamasapano incident were 44 Special Action Force police troopers were kille, justice must be served and the perpetrators must answer,” MacDonald said.

He explained that the mandate of the Third Party Monitoring Team is to monitor, review and assess the implementation of all signed agreements, generally the framework agreement of the Bangsamoro and its annexes.

After the press conference. the United Nation for Peace and Development Programme (UNDP) sponsored a forum in the same venue with all the stakeholders of the people in Mindanao in attendance. They representatives from the academe, religiopus groups, civil society organizations from Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Marawi City, Iligan ,City Lanao del Sur and del Norte, Magbasa Kita Foundation with Amina Rusul, Zamboanga Peninsula group and many others.

One participant told TPMT that there is a need to form an independent body to conduct an investigation on the Mamasapano incident.

The participant said tThe independent investigating body must not be from the USA, Malaysia, Indonesia or Philippines. It must be a neutral country, so that justice should be served for the victims and the criminals should be put to the bar of justice.

MacDonald told the participants  that there is no  official political statement declaring MILF as terrorists but only violent incident and mistakes. — Allen Abastillas