For the past decades since we became a Republic, the unitary, highly centralized government did not make us well politically and economically. The time has come that we abandon this form of government.
Ulama Leaders across the country have gathered on a National Conference in Zamboanga City and expresses their support in the peace process, and in the end agreed upon a mission statement towards an Intra-Moro Dialogue.
Based on the prevailing context and policy environment, here's the timeframe for the new BBL or enabling law for the Bangsamoro vis-à-vis federalism.
After decades of struggle in the southernmost Philippine island group, there is a promising chance for peace in Muslim Mindanao. One essential component for enhancing the humanitarian and socio-economic situation of the conflict-affected population in Southern Philippines is open access to political decision-making for everybody. This is crucial in order to cope with the Bangsamoro aspiration for true self-determination but it requires a bottom-up empowerment of citizens involving themselves in membership-based political parties and movements.
Last Tuesday, the Friends of Peace (FoP) -- led by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Mindanao -- met with House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III. Both meetings were sought by the Cardinal and the FoP to discuss concerns on securing the gains of the peace process with the Moro liberation fronts (both MNLF and the MILF) as President Rodrigo R. Duterte moves to transform the present unitary system of governance to federalism. President Duterte has said that amending the Constitution to usher in federalism is the solution to ensure genuine autonomy and peace for the South.