The completion of the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) one year ago today, April 20, signaled the dawning of hope for a people long embattled by decades-old war and injustice in the Philippines, the Moro people of Mindanao.
One year has passed and the euphoria has mellowed down but the desire of the people of the Bangsamoro remains burning despite the glitches and challenges.
Once again, we laud the BTC, the Aquino administration, and those who supported the peace process, for showing unbendable resoluteness and commitment to the building of peace in Mindanao as they courageously pursued the road away from war, surmounting the challenges one by one, and proving wrong all those who doubted that peace in Mindanao is impossible.
A resounding applause we give to them today for still being there, holding on to the promise of peace, believing in the legitimacy of the aspirations of the Moro people, and rising above the chorus of war when the BBL was stuck in limbo following the Mamasapano incident on January 25.
We express our gratitude to the Aquino administration for supporting the passage of the law which will ultimately give life to the creation of the Bangsamoro territory in Mindanao.
Today, the regional government reiterates its support to the passage of the BBL.
If passed, BBL will lay down a solid ground of political stability – so solid it will attract and draw investors not only in the region but also across Mindanao.
If passed, BBL and the new Bangsamoro government will allow spending of government resources on development of areas long forgotten or ravaged by the war, on the education of children, on creation of jobs, on human development, among others.
We are confident — as we trust — that the new Bangsamoro government will sustain the gains we have laid down during the last stretch of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. | ARMM Bureau of Public Information