Peace organizations frustrated by the ongoing conflict in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao have tabled their own proposals to help end the insurgency.
The proposals include the formation of a peace commission and the drafting of a national peace policy.
Mindanao peace organizations have listed 15 proposals under a so-called Mindanao People’s Peace Agenda to achieve a lasting peace in the region, said Claretian Father Angel Calvo of Peace Advocates-Zamboanga.
“This is not meant to unilaterally solve the armed conflict in Mindanao. Like any other framework, it is designed as a guide for the government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] and all other participants in the peace process,” Father Calvo said.
Included in the agenda is recognizing the right to self-determination “not only for Filipino Muslims, but also for the different tribal groups,” said Father Calvo, whose other organization, the Mindanao Peace Weavers, drew up the agenda.