Drilon renews Senate commitment on peace deal

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Monday, March 24, 2014


SENATE President Franklin Drilon on Monday renewed the Senate's commitment on the approval of the Bangsamoro basic law with the signing of the peace agreement made between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) set this week.

"The Senate is more than ready to work on the new Bangsamoro basic law - one that would be universally fair, practical and Constitutionally-consistent. The public can expect our commitment to the Bangsamoro not only for the sake of national progress, but also for the welfare and future of the entire Southeast Asian region," Drilon said.

Drilon, a close ally of President Benigno Aquino III, said the Bangsamoro basic law will be given the utmost priority in the Senate.

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Leaders of both the Senate and House of Representatives earlier committed to passing the proposed law by year-end and its ratification by 2015.

"(The Congress) looks forward to scrutinizing the proposed Bangsamoro law that will institute the necessary reforms called for in the Agreement," Drilon said.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is scheduled to be signed on March 27 at Malacanang.

"This is a moment of immense pride, relief and joy throughout the entire Philippines, where we have arrived at a new era of understanding, security and opportunities now available for every Filipino - be they Muslim, Christian or members of our indigenous groups," Drilon said.

Drilon hopes the country can now better devote its efforts towards social, economic and political development, amid growing aspirations for regional strength and inter-state solidarity throughout the entire Southeast Asian region.

"The Bangsamoro shall be a beacon of cooperation and tolerance among the major Muslim constituencies in Southeast Asia, where it will be an example of what can be achieved when we shun extremism and violence in its every form," he explained. (Sunnex)

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