Moro National Liberation Front, Moro Islamic Liberation Front forge unity to push passage of ‘undiluted’ BBL

CAMP DARAPANAN, Maguindanao, Oct. 17 -- The Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed on Tuesday a joint statement calling for the passage of the undiluted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Following their meeting at Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao, MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim and former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema, chairman of the MNLF Council of 15 – the largest and most politically active MNLF faction – issued a joint statement to “firmly and solemnly declare that a diluted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which is inimical to the full and faithful implementation of both the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA), is unacceptable to us and the Bangsamoro people.”

The two leaders emphasized that the passage of an undiluted BBL will fully implement the provisions of both the 2014 CAB with the MILF and the 1976 Tripoli and 1996 Final Peace Agreements with the MNLF.

Both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front-Sema Wing observed that the actions of some legislators on BBL signified “a systematic extermination of the signed peace agreements to the detriment of the Bangsamoro people and the entire people of the country.”

They also called upon the Bangsamoro and the Filipino people to take the side of justice and be united to strongly support the President of the Philippines and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) towards finding final, just and lasting solution to the Bangsamoro question.

Meanwhile, both Moro fronts upheld the need to vigorously push for the ongoing “Tripartite Review of the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement on the linking and converging of the two peace agreements to BBL.”

The unity statement was the output of the meeting of the two Moro fronts during the sidelines of the 42nd Conference of Foreign Ministers in May held in Kuwait through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) facilitated by the OIC in which Sema expressed support to the BBL.

The BCF, which was operationalized in October last year, provides a venue for discussion of issues and concerns of Bangsamoro people and finding common grounds between the CAB and the FPA.

“Under this present situation of the peace process, we realized and feel duty-bound to strengthen and consolidate our unity and our people under the blessings of universal brotherhood for the common good and interest of all,” both fronts emphasized. (OPAPP)


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