This is a comparative view of the 2017 Proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to Malacañang on July 17 with House Bill 4994 or the BBL originally endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III to Congress in September 2014.
Pro PolitiCS for Peace, a project started in 2015 by IAG together with PCID, LOGODEF and ZABIDA and supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), proved to be a platform for enhancing the productive role and participation of political leaders and local government units in the evolving Mindanao peace process. It has engaged political leaders in dialogue, capacity-building, researches and studies to enhance their informed and principled participation in the crafting and implementation of the roadmap and processes for sustainable peace and development in Mindanao. The project will change its name to Enpold Bangsamoro (Enhancing Political Dialogue for Inclusive Peace) beginning July 2017 to mark the start of its second phase.
The Philippines should start with five federal states as it makes its transition to federalism, an official for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said on Wednesday.
The Institute for Autonomy and Governance condemns the reign of terror in Marawi City that destroys the shared values of all men and women of goodwill all over the world. Violent extremism has no place in Mindanao where people value respect for diversities, pluralism and multiculturalism as paths to sustainable peace. The violence in Marawi City is an assault against Islam as a religion of peace. The voice of reason and respect for the dignity of every human being as a shared value of the great religions of the world must prevail over few loud voices who threaten to destroy humanity and our way of life.
We call on government to act within the law to address the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism. It must move the Mindanao peace process forward as the platform for people of goodwill to make their voices for peace heard and to build institutions that can address the root causes of terror and violence. As well, the state of Martial Law in Mindanao must be so deliberately designed and enforced to be sensitive and not fuel the historical injustice deeply felt by the Moro people.
We call on religious leaders to have a unified stand and action against all forms of terrorism and extremism. Business and civil society leaders must voice and act out their condemnation of this global scourge that will condemn people and communities to poverty and despair.
Finally, this is our special call to our LGU partners and regional and local political leaders in the ARMM. Violence and extremism are not only a military and law enforcement issue. These are driven among others by weak and failed governance. Despite fiscal constraints, we call on our regional and local political leaders to seriously work towards making LGUs present, transparent, responsive and relevant to our communities.
May 24, 2017, Cotabato City.