Never say ‘never’ to peace and BBL

By now, many pundits, observers and even some supporters of the original draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) have given up on its passage.

They say it will be difficult, foolhardy and too late to pass a bill that will retain the novel provisions that have practically disappeared in the substitute bill now pending in the House of Representatives.

Keeping Faith with Peace in the Bangsamoro

The de-commissioning of 145 mujahideen from the MILF and turnover of some of their high powered firearms yesterday at the old provincial capitol in Maguindanao is not only a symbolic ‘peace offering’ from the MILF, but an evidence of its sincerity in keeping faith with the implementation of the peace agreement despite the legal tussle over the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Finding our second wind in keeping the Peace

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.

A Call for Humanitarian Ceasefire in MaguindaNOW!

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.