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OIC, MNLF back MILF vision for Bangsamoro people – Deles

The presence of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members at the historic signing of the Framework Agreement today between the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) symbolizes their support for MILF’s vision of peace and development for the Bangsamoro people, Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said.

“Their attendance in the event means that they are one with the GPH and the MILF in pursuing a common peace and development track in Mindanao,” the chief of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process stated.

Deles related that MNLF representatives were consulted on the draft GPH-MILF Framework Agreement directly through Indonesia that chairs the OIC Peace Commission for Southern Philippines, which brokered the 1992-1996 GPH-MNLF peace negotiations that led to the signing of the Final Peace Agreement on September 2, 1996.

“The MNLF will take part in the process. They will have a representation in the Transition Commission that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which will undergo deliberation by Congress. Once ratified, the law will provide a transitory period for the transformation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) into Bangsamoro,” she said.

In a speech delivered during a recent peace rally in Cotabato, ARMM OIC Vice Governor and MNLF senior leader Hadja Bainon Karon called on Mindanaoans to support the Framework Agreement.

“I ask all our leaders and our constituents in the areas of autonomy and even outside ARMM to give the new agreement a chance. Let us give peace a chance,” stated Karon. “I believe that this feeling is also shared by most of the members of the Moro National Liberation Front with which this representation is affiliated.”

İhsanoğlu, in a statement posted on the OIC website last week, congratulated the GPH and the MILF peace panels for reaching an agreement to end the long standing conflict in Mindanao.

“The OIC received the news with both hope and cautious optimism, hoping that it will constitute a solid foundation for an overall agreement that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Bangsamoro people. The OIC hopes that this will usher in a new phase of consolidating peace and start the long awaited development process of the region,” he said.

The GPH-MILF Framework Agreement is dubbed as the “mother agreement” that serves as a roadmap for the creation of the new Bangsamoro entity that will replace the current ARMM. #