Pacquiao calls for full implementation of the Bangsamoro peace deal

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Posted at Apr 21 2022 08:22 PM

Presidential candidate Senator Manny Pacquiao during the second Commission on Elections’ #PilipinasDebates2022: The Turning Point at the Sofitel Tent in Pasay City on April 3, 2022. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Presidential candidate Senator Manny Pacquiao during the second Commission on Elections’ #PilipinasDebates2022: The Turning Point at the Sofitel Tent in Pasay City on April 3, 2022. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

PROMDI Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Pacquiao underscored the need for utmost sincerity among parties involved in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front in carrying out provisions of the peace agreement. 

Pacquiao had recently discussed his platform of government with former MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu and other key leaders of the former secessionist group. 

He was scheduled to also present his pro-poor, anti-corruption program to MNLF chairman Nur Misuari or his representative.

The dates of the MILF and MNLF meetings were not revealed during a press conference held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

“I am hoping na ang MILF magka-isa na rin sa isang adhikain, sa isang adbokasya na magkaroon ng kaunlaran ang Mindanao,” Pacquiao said

(I am hoping the MILF will join us in pursuing the advocacy of ensuring progress in Mindanao.) 
    
The country’s boxing icon said agreements reached during peace negotiations should be implemented swiftly to ensure success.

He lamented that a number of peace negotiations with various rebel groups have failed mainly because of the lack of sincere effort to execute what has been agreed upon.

“Pag sinabing pag-uusap pangkapayapaan, alam mo ang problem doon, lagi na lang pag-uusap pero walang nangyayaring aksyon,” he noted.

(When we talk about peace, the problem is that it is all talk but no action is taken.)

He pointed out that successful peace negotiations should be gauged by concrete proof such as the drastic reduction of impoverished Filipinos.

“Nabawasan ba iyong mga mahihirap? O lalo pang dumami ang mahihirap? Lalo pang lumubog sa kahirapan ang bansa natin. Bakit? Kasi puro lang pangako. Katulad din ng peace talks na ginagawa nila, ilang beses na, tapos walang nangyayari, hindi ginagawa (ang napagusapan),” Pacquiao said. 

(Have the poor been lessened or have they grown in number? Why? Because it's just mere promises. Like the peace talks that have been held, some were not fruitful, some agreements were not implemented.)

“Kailangan kung may pag-uusap, gawin. Hindi iyong pamumulitika lang. Hindi iyong pa-pogi lang sa social media o sa mga tao,” he stressed.

(If there are talks, do it. Do not allow politics to come in play and do not just make yourself look good on social media and the public). 

In his discussions with Kabalu and the MILF, Pacquiao declared that he will pursue a shift to a federal form of government should he win the presidency.

The senator, meanwhile, underscored the need for support from Misuari’s group, as he also acknowledged his sincerity in resolving the problems of Mindanao.

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