The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), together with its allies in the broad peace civil society movement today hailed the passage of the reconciled version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was renamed the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) or the Bangsamoro Organic Law after the 28-member bicameral conference committee approved on July 18.
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In response to the ongoing armed conflict between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in and around the Liguasan Marsh in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), a peace-building non-government organization based in Mindanao today urged government troops as well as local government officials ‘to provide utmost priority’ to the humanitarian needs of the affected communities and to ensure civilian protection.’
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict – Southeast Asia (GPPAC-SEA), along with partners in the broad civil society and peace movement in the Philippines today join the world and the international community in celebrating the International Day of Peace (IDP) today that was declared by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 36/67 in 1981.
The All-Out Peace (AOP) movement, a broad network of peace advocates and civil society groups, welcomes the submission by the 21-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) of the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17 and lauds the commitment by the President to certify the proposed measure as urgent and “husband” the same before both houses of Congress.
Dubbed“Kambabid-babid” a Maranao term for “intertwining” or “Kapit-bisig” – the essence of neighbors reaching out to each other in trying times—civil society from Mindanao, Luzon and Visayas, composed mainly of peace and human rights organizations, conducted a solidarity and peace mission in Marawi City from June 20-21 to express empathy and listen to the untold stories of affected communities and evacuees displaced by the continuing armed conflict between government armed forces and combined elements of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups.
Immediately the next day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) declared that the situation was under control. But even with this declaration, Duterte, upon his arrival from Russia, not only threatened to be harsh in the exercise of his martial law powers which he likened to that of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s, he threatened to plunge the rest of the country under military control.
Progressive coalition slammed President Noynoy Aquino after taking a week to respond in the aftermath of the Kidapawan incident that claimed three lives and 116 injured after police forces fired upon unarmed protestors last week.
Members of the Sanlakas coalition participated in Kalampag or Kampanya laban sa pagkagutom, a campaign to demand from government the political will to take drastic action in addressing the impacts of El Nino and demand justice for the continued neglect of the country’s agricultural sector..
A MULTI-SECTORAL coalition denounced President Aquino and heads of concerned cabinet departments and agencies not only their failure to address the issues raised by peasants and Lumads but also for the violent dispersal in Kidapawan City last Thursday.
“For any candidate who aims to assume the Presidency, having a concrete stand on how he or she will continue to implement the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is crucial. Silence or refusal to discuss this issue is inexcusable and a craven abdication of their moral duty to deliver just peace in Mindanao.”