Arbison commits to Pnoy’s call for support to gov’t peace efforts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 July 2013 13:54

Congresswoman Maryam N. Arbison of the 2nd district of Sulu yesterday conveyed her total unconditional commitment to the urgent call of President Benigno Aquino III to support government efforts to achieve a lasting peace in Mindanao.

At the same time, the lady legislator called on her colleagues in Congress to pass and approve the Basic Bangsa Moro Law that will pave the way for the unhindered, smooth, easy and fast signing and implementation of a comprehensive and acceptable peace accord between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. (MILF).

In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, the President has urged both Lower and Upper Houses of Congress “for the creation and passage of the Bangsa Moro Basic Law” and to support the entire peace process as well, in a relentless bid to put an end to the Mindanao conflict that has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed countless of residences and priceless properties, and dislocated or displaced millions of residents over the decades of violent struggles in the area.

Congresswoman Arbison yesterday wrote to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas: “In behalf of the political leadership and the entire constituency of the 2nd district of Sulu, I convey our full and unconditional support to the immediate crafting and enactment of The Bangsa Moro Basic Law that will provide the legal authority in carrying out the points of agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to end the decades-long turbulent and oftentimes violent, bloody and deadly conflict in Mindanao.”

She also expressed appreciation and profound gratitude to President Aquino for untiringly moving the peace efforts forward and to Secretary Roxas for his steadfast support to fulfill the presidential vision and his continuing assistance in the achievement of a just and lasting peace in Mindanao.

“We further express confidence that the ongoing peace process reflects the embodiment of the dreams and aspirations of our Moro people - who had been long marginalized, deprived and suppressed of their rights and liberties - to finally live with our fellowmen in an atmosphere of lasting peace with equal honor and human dignity as envisioned by His Excellency President Benigno Aquino III and propagated by the Hon. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas,” Arbison said.

“But this cannot be made possible without the support of our lawmakers. Our people from Sulu, therefore, humbly appeal for the full support of the esteemed members of the House of Representatives and the Senate and approve the Bangsa Moro Basic Law,” she added.