Today, March 27, we mark the 1st year anniversary of the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the landmark compact that bears all the signed agreements as a result of the 17-year negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) – in fact, it embodies in essence – all the signed peace agreements between the Bangsamoro peoples and the Government of the Philippines.
We, the undersigned peace advocates, peace networks and civil society groups pursuing the ALL-OUT PEACE advocacy are collectively expressing our urgent humanitarian appeal for the suspension of military operations (SOMO) undertaken by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) starting in the “SPMS box” in Maguindanao – Salibo, Pagatin, Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak and spilled over to Guindulungan, Talayan, Datu Piang where BIFF members allegedly have retreated with Abdulbasit Usman.
On March 6, key city center across the country will reverberate the meaning of the “day of healing” through simultaneous rituals at daybreak to signify our quest for a fresh start for the conflict-affected communities. Azan, the first morning prayer among Muslims, will commence the interfaith prayers and at 6:00AM, the church bells will mark […]
In the light of the uproar, surge of emotions, wave of ethnic slurs in social and mainstream media and unwarranted pronouncements from several legislators tasked to enact the BBL – the call for sobriety is all that we have; our only recourse for now. We may denounce in gravest terms the carnage. We must all seek the truth and justice. But after every rage and storm also comes a calm. And the “calm” here is our steadfast commitment towards addressing the root causes of conflict and the granting of greater autonomy in the beleaguered Muslim Mindanao.