Former PH peace negotiator says BOL a lasting solution to Mindanao conflict

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Posted at Jan 21 2019 11:07 PM

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MANILA - Former Philippine peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer is hopeful the Bangsamoro Organic Law will help end the decades-long conflict in Mindanao.

Speaking on ANC's "Top Story" Monday, Ferrer said the law reflects the progress that has been made in the peace process between the Philippine government and rebels in the region.

"Of course I'm very happy because it's been for more than 4 years since the signing of the agreement. The law should've come much earlier but it didn't but now it's here and the plebiscite is happening and soon you will have a Bangsamoro Transition Authority," she said.

She also expressed hope President Rodrigo Duterte will be able to successfully convince Moro National Liberation Front founding chair Nur Misuari to support the new Bangsamoro entity.

Misuari wanted the government to honor the 1996 final peace agreement, saying it has yet to be fully implemented.

Ratifying the BOL would mean abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao while the 1996 agreement would mean its enhancement.

"If you get all the MNLF on board, because practically all of the MNLF is on board, all the different factions. It's really just the Nur Misuari faction. Then this is something that bodes well for being able to co-exist, compete peacefully with each other, and try to get a really better governance arrangement put in place. Much much better than what we've seen in the ARMM before," Ferrer said.