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FRIENDS OF THE BANGSAMORO: Rallying Behind the Promise of HB 4994

We, members and supporters of the nascent coalition “FRIENDS OF THE BANGSAMORO (FoB)”, express our appreciation and support for the open and participative process in the Ad Hoc Committee of the House of Representatives tasked to guide the birth of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). We are encouraged by the openness and willingness of the committee and other House members to engage with civil society organizations and their supporters, both outside as well as in the halls of Congress. The first Committee hearing on the BBL (House Bill 4994) gave an encouraging sign towards an open, participative and inclusive law-crafting process in the enactment of HB 4994 also known as Senate Bill 2408.

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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.

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Preserving and Guarding the Peace Gates of the Bangsamoro

The Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) offers these words of kindness to all peacemakers of the Bangsamoro. Indeed, blessings will come for those who have offered their lives, limbs and all.

As the accord we all have been working for has been reached, we hope that the guns will remain silent and the ploughshares, goodwill, and nation building replace them. Kudos to the peace panels, their principals, civil society and their constituents and more so the Filipino and Bangsamoro peoples for staying the hard, difficult road in accompanying and seeing through this process to reach this cherished dream.

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A Postscript to the Wealth Sharing Deal

The health of a peace negotiations built on trust and consensus on the substantive agenda will always serve as basis of our “sense of urgency” battle cry which goes beyond the deadline issue. As you carry out agreeing on the remaining Annexes on Power-Sharing and Normalization and the final agreement, our two-pronged essential project now is making the Bangsamoro an imperative in the public and policy agenda and encouraging the public to own and extend support to this transformative process.

We, the Mindanao CSOs, guarantee our steadfast commitment in seeing through the process even beyond the final agreement to be reached by both Parties – until the full establishment of the Bangsamoro government.

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