GPH, MILF prepare for Bangsamoro Law

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 24 2013 12:49 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2013 08:49 PM

MANILA - Amid earlier hitches, the government said it is committed to working with peace stakeholders for the smooth passage of the Bangsamoro Law by 2014.

In a statement, the government said: “By early next year, we aim to finalize the remaining Annex on Normalization, as well as an addendum on the Bangsamoro waters. The Annex on Normalization will concretize our vision for a post-conflict Bangsamoro. For this purpose, we shall be putting in place the new infrastructure that would pull together all our efforts in the security, socio-economic and transitional justice aspects.”

The government panel said it will already work closely with the Transition Commission and Congress for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

The panel noted that 2013 was the year they came to terms with what was possible for all stakeholders, which is expected to lead to the election of a Bangsamoro government in 2016.

“In all, our efforts at the negotiating table sought to find the good balance between what is just, practical and constitutional for this moment in our peoples’ history, and those other, higher aspirations that may find fruition and wider acceptability in some later future but not now,” the panel said.

It said members’ actions were based on “shared principles of mutual respect, devolution, inclusivity, harmony and good governance. These principles are the essence of the Annexes we have signed.”

Despite the disasters of 2013, the path to peace remained clear, the panel said.

“We expectedly faced many challenges from those who chose to continue the path of violence, the skeptics who have seen earlier similar processes fall back on expectations, and the disgruntled who feel they would lose privileges they have long enjoyed. To all of them, we extend the hand of peace and open ourselves to dialogue and continuous engagement in the hope that we will find fair reconciliation,” the panel added.