Gargantuan task of sustaining the momentum

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, February 16, 2014


THE teleserye at the Senate is again pulling our attention away from the more serious talk about the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro that has been highlighted by the recent signing of the last annex on Normalization.

Though it would seem like most of the Filipinos, or those among us who care about what is happening in Mindanao, are seemingly taken aback by the swiftness by which the last contentious annex has been agreed upon, many among the Civil Society Organizations chose to celebrate for the achievement of both panels in the peace process.

The Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Platform for Peace (MCSOPP) wasted no time taking on steps to tackle the gargantuan tasks at hand in intently pursuing what it considers as its avowed mission to support the peace process for the Bangsamoro and all inhabitants of Mindanao.

The following quotes are culled out in part from the statement signed by several member organizations comprising the MCSOPP coming from different regions in Mindanao who attended the Peace Summit from February 10-12, 2014 at the Mandaya Hotel:

“We continue to commit and offer all our support to the rollout of measures leading to the establishment of the Bangsamoro, from pushing for Congressional enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to ensuring informed consent among the people during the plebiscite to ratify it. We will do everything to help pave the way for the successful birth of the Bangsamoro entity by noon of June 20, 2016.”

“We will exhaust all possibilities to ensure that such process will be transparent, inclusive and sensitive to the legitimate interests of the peoples in Mindanao. Hence, we will wholeheartedly contribute our ideas and thoughts through the public consultations or through other means like the mass media, to ensure that the charter of the Bangsamoro effectively responds to the needs and aspirations of grassroots communities.”

“A rightful and just conclusion to the Moro rebellion must also unleash a transformative process among Mindanao’s grassroots communities.”

“We call upon our political leaders to give way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro. Let us set aside our personal interests and allow meaningful changes to truly happen in the Bangsamoro areas.”

Indeed, the Civil Society Organizations are determined that all efforts towards the attainment of the much desired environment we have wanted through decades of the Moro peoples struggle will not go to waste.

We say AMEN, let justice roll out like a gentle flowing river in Mindanao. Let love for what is just and compassion fill each and every hearts of all and may we continue to focus our energies for the fulfillment of the dream that gives us impetus to continue working for peace.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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