By BONG D. FABE
ON March 27, 2014, the whole world joined the Philippines in rejoicing over the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the final peace agreement entered into by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The signing of the CAB, witnessed by dignitaries from all over the world, paved the way for the drafting of the (now controversial) Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a piece of legislation that will implement the CAB and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) that was signed in October 2012.
What began in 1996 during the Ramos administration officially ended (at least on paper) on that historical day in March 2014. But in between those very long 16 years were various roadblocks, challenges and detours that threaten to cut the “peace journey” short. But thanks the GPH and the MILG, both their peace panels stayed the course of peace and labored to forge a peaceful political settlement to the decades-old “Mindanao problem.” Continue reading “The long journey to Bangsamoro, a timeline”