UN welcomes Bangsamoro Law signing, vows support


Posted at Jul 28 2018 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte (center) poses with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza (left), Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim (2nd left), chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Ghazali Jaafar (2nd R), vice-chairman of the MILF and Mohagher Iqbal (right) on July 17, 2017. Ted Ajibe, Agence France-Presse/File

MANILA - The United Nations on Saturday congratulated the Philippines on the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) and pledged that it would support the implementation of the measure that would grant greater autonomy to the Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

The law that allows for Bangsamoro self-governance is expected to bring lasting peace in Mindanao as it is one of the requirements under a peace agreement between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Philippines’ largest Muslim separatist group.

"The United Nations will continue to support the Philippines in the implementation of the law, and to help build the capacity of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority as an effective conduit for peace, democratic governance, and human rights," Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said in a statement issued in New York.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Law on Thursday, fulfilling a key requirement under a 2014 peace deal between the government and the MILF for a law that would grant wider self-rule to the Muslim minority in the south.

Leaders of the MILF are set to hold a public forum in Sultan Kudarat on Sunday to explain to the public how the law will be implemented and how it will affect the lives of Muslims in the Bangsamoro.