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By Jose V. Abueva
“Bangsamoro” is a model of genuine regional autonomy in a future federal republic. After four decades of Moro unrest and rebellions, which have caused incalculable loss of lives and resources and painful displacements of peoples, the government is forging with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front a new political entity called the Bangsamoro.
By Ed Quitoriano
The recent conflict in Zamboanga City shows that despite the final peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), hundreds of MNLF rebels have not been disarmed. Although thousands of MNLF ex-combatants have been integrated into the Army and police, a significant number have not been demobilized and continue to pose a threat to security and peace.
In the name of peace, for the sake of humanity and in behalf of the innocent civilians who are again bearing the brunt of violence and atrocity, I am appealing to Chair Nur Misuari and all my brothers in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to release all the hostages and to withdraw immediately and unconditionally from the civilian communities in Zamboanga City, and to return to their camps.
By Randy David
It’s an outrageous way of calling attention to one’s lingering presence.
By John Nery
Can the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front still end in failure? We got a reminder in recent weeks that peace with the MILF remains very much a work-in-progress—and that progress is never guaranteed.
The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) congratulates the negotiating panels of the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for the signing of the Annex on Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing. We laud the panels’ steadfast resolve to achieve a compromise regarding such a contentious and important issue.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas
The move for broader autonomy for Muslim Mindanao is continuing beyond what has already been outlined in the 1987 Constitution.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Mary Ann Arnada, a lawyer and Mindanao-based peace advocate, had some choice words for the media at a recent “Multi Stakeholders Forum” on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
Even in ordinary, everyday life, missed deadlines are no trifling matter. When something is not done or delivered or paid for at the agreed-upon time, there are consequences. A student who turns in a late assignment runs the risk of a failing grade. A bounced check can land its issuer in court for estafa. A business supplier unable to produce the required goods under contract faces legal liabilities. And employees habitually tardy at completing their tasks may find themselves out of work sooner or later.
By Lauro L. Baja Jr.
Has anyone imagined that if Agbimuddin Kiram succeeded in Sabah, Bangsamoro would have an additional territory of 30,000 square miles, the Sultan of Sulu (or the Philippines) would reap about $95 billion in annual revenue, and the Philippine government would get substantial taxes? After all, legally, Malaysia does not have de jure sovereignty over Sabah.
The work of the Transition Commission for the Bangsamoro region got under way the other day; it is no exaggeration to say that the undertaking is burdened with the high expectations of millions of Filipinos. By the terms of the 2012 Framework Agreement, signed with much fanfare and even more emotion in Malacañang last October, [...]
A news story reported that on Feb. 27, 2013, one of the four annexes, particularly the Annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities, to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, has been agreed upon. I perhaps erroneously assumed that when the framework agreement was signed in celebratory ceremonies in Malacañang, the annexes had already been completed although their publication had been withheld. Apparently, that is not the case.