We speak in behalf of all marginalized sectors of Mindanao that include the Bangsamoro people, the indigenous peoples and migrant settlers particularly the women, children, and the displaced civilian communities who stand to benefit from the successful conclusion of the GRP-MILF peace talks. For many decades now, our lives depict the curse of the so-called "collateral damage" due to a long internecine armed conflict. The conflict and war in
The Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court effectively stalled the signing of the MOA on Ancestral Domain. While we consider this a major setback in our quest for peace, we are confident that the Supreme Court cannot allow itself to become a stumbling block in resolving a political conflict that requires a political solution. We have a complete trust in the collective wisdom of the Supreme Court and by God's will, Insha Allah, the Government Peace Panel will eventually be allowed to proceed with the signing of the MOA.
As we open the avenues for debate on the Ancestral Domain agenda, we beg everyone, especially politicians, military, the media and other vested interest groups, to let it proceed without fueling the centuries-old biases and prejudices among people of
Definitely, there is a need for continuing consultations, dialogues and information dissemination so that people can come up with well-informed positions on the MOA on AD. This we commit to help undertake as we proceed in educating our people on the contents of the MOA. Let the debate however proceed in the spirit of dialogue and utmost respect. The Bangsamoro people and indigenous peoples have the fundamental right to self-determination recognized under international laws.We strongly support them and demand that this right be respected and fulfilled.
There is a need to clarify misconception that Christians will be evicted out of
We likewise support the struggle of the Indigenous Peoples in their ancestral domain claims. Under the MOA “The freedom of choice of the Indigenous people shall be respected”. It will be incumbent upon the indigenous peoples if they would like to join the BJE or not.
Thus, the sovereign will of the people to be part or not of the BJE is given utmost importance by the MOA on AD through a plebiscite. Residents of the 735 barangays covered under Category A which constitute the proposed expansion of the Bangsamoro homeland shall have the freedom to vote for inclusion or exclusion in the BJE.
There is also a need to take into consideration some concerns of kindred organizations in
What is clear at this point is that the interests of the peace process and those who are against charter change, are not diametrically opposed. We ourselves will not allow any partisan political interest to tarnish the legitimacy and primacy of the peace process.
This is an appeal that we pose to everyone especially our politicians who in the past few days became willing mouthpiece in fueling chaos, fear, hatred and communal violence. Let us all be responsible enough to tackle this issue in an intelligent and dispassionate manner, bearing in mind that we are all brothers and sisters, and that everyone in this country has the right and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace
Allah-Mujadilah Development Foundation
Bangsamoro Women Solidarity Forum
Organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference
Tulung Lupah Sug
GINAPALADTAKA Space for Peace
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society
Initiatives for International Dialogue
Assembly of D’arul Ifta
Bangsamoro Women Solidarity Forum
United Youth for Peace and Development
Alternate Forum for Research in
Balay Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
Muslim Multisectoral Movement for Peace and Development
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