January 17, 2019
Balay Mindanaw Says YES to BOL, YES to PEACE
It is indeed a very long road to peace but it is now on the horizon.
The plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law on January 21 is one of the first steps in addressing what the late MILF chairman Hashim Salamat said as the worst form of oppression, which is the “long deprivation of the Bangsamoro people of their inalienable rights to freedom and self-determination.”
Balay Mindanaw congratulates the Bangsamoro people as they embark on the transition towards peace and progress in their homeland.
Balay Mindanaw would like to commend the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for believing in a non-violent resolution to the conflict and for genuinely holding on to the peace process despite its challenges and limitations.
Balay Mindanaw expresses our support to the MILF as it transitions from an armed movement towards a political movement through the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP).
We also laud the Government of the Republic of Philippines especially the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process for reciprocating the commitment and efforts of the MILF and Bangsamoro people.
Today, we offer prayers for the civilians, mujahideen and government forces who perished in decades of violent conflict.
The Bangsamoro peace process started with the planting of the seed of trust and commitment. Now that the seedling has started to reach out to the sky, it needs to be cultivated and supported until it becomes a tree.
But in reality there are no perfect peace processes. In the case of the Bangsamoro peace process, numerous challenges must be confronted and addressed until the full implementation of the peace agreements.
With this, we urge the government and the MILF to continue working together until every Bangsamoro including the fighters, families of those who died, women, children, poor farmers, and those who are still displaced, can enjoy fully the fruits of the peace deals.
Balay Mindanaw is also praying for sobriety so that no violent incidents will occur during the plebiscite.###