The Inquirer has reported that Malacañang radically revised the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and returned it to its authors. But President Aquino nevertheless assured Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Murad Ebrahim of a Bangsamoro region by 2016 (Front Page, 7/6/14).
We sincerely hope the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will move forward, and not stay on paper only. We also hope that the signatories, especially those representing the Bangsamoro, are sincere in their desire to make the CAB work, for it is a milestone for peace.
We will be the last to spoil the euphoria over prospects of peace in Mindanao. But there is still one more concern about the Bangsamoro peace agreement that in our view needs attention. We cannot erase it from our minds because it is the most alarming.
Over the last nine months, members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have repeatedly harassed our soldiers and terrorized local communities.
The Mindanao PeaceWeavers offers these words of kindness to all peacemakers of the Bangsamoro. Indeed, blessings will come to those who have offered their lives, limbs and all.