House Bill 4994 : The Promise of a Shared Bangsamoro Dream

Today, we peace advocates and supporters gathered, take this occasion to mark the first public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), now lodged with Congress as House Bill 4994. This historic piece of legislation was birthed in conflict and nurtured in a hopeful peace. For many of us here today, the BBL holds a big part of Mindanao’s promise and destiny in its hands. We take the time and mark this day for what it has cost generations past, yet stand resolute and unbowed at the daunting task still ahead for all of us who are invested and engaged in these processes.

Reaffirming Our Solidarity for Peace In Mindanao and Our Commitment to Accompanying the Bangsamoro Peace Process

We, members of the Mindanao PeaceWeavers, gathered in Davao City for a two-day Convenors Meeting to consider the state of peace in Mindanao and take stock of important lessons in the work of helping create a hopeful future for the region.

We recognize the enormous challenges that still need to be surmounted in order to address the various conflicts that weigh down development efforts and continue to consign the lives of millions of people to lingering uncertainties.

Peoples’ Peace Covenant on the Bangsamoro

I take this pledge as a citizen peacemaker: To continue to guard the gains we have achieved and to remain resolutely vigilant that the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) realizes the aspirations and rights of the poorest of the Bangsamoro citizenry and other diverse peoples of the region– the indigenous peoples, migrant Christians, and other social groupings.

Mindanao Peaceweavers’ Guiding Principles for the Bangsamoro Peace Process

MPW remains committed to engage the peace process by bringing it closer to the public and feeding into the entire process its own take on citizen participation.

While a new dawn is approaching the Muslim region, MPW endeavors to develop concrete proposals hinged upon its avowed guiding principles and submit to the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) in crafting the basic law. And consequently engage the other transition mechanisms, joint commissions and entities expressed in the FAB Annexes through actual policy proposal submission and participation.