Friday, October 3, 2014

Roxas urges reformists to rally behind Bangsamoro Law


Roxas urges reformists to rally behind Bangsamoro Law

DAVAO CITY – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II urged members and participants of the Koalisyon ng Mamamayan Para sa Reporma, or Kompre, to support the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Roxas made the appeal during Kompre’s public launch, dubbed “Walang iwanan sa tuwid na daan,” in Davao City on Tuesday, September 30 at the Ateneo de Davao University.
“When the law is passed in Congress, we have to continue to be engaged. Bantayan natin ito, alagaan at paghusayin,” Roxas told the attendees composed mainly of civil society groups.
Roxas reiterated that no one will be left behind and assured that there will be no dismemberment of the nation in the establishment of the Bangsamoro.
“This is one of the most important [measures that we can work on], na makapagpanday ng tunay na kapayapaan,” he said.
“Mindanao is a land of promise, this is our chance to finally build a workable and lasting peace that will unleash the potentials of Mindanao,” Roxas added.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles lauded civil society groups for their support of the Aquino administration’s peace initiatives. “Civil society helps us in the advocacy, monitoring and, in fact, even in the ceasefire monitoring,  pushing both parties in keeping the fires burning and mediating and shuttling between both negotiating parties.”
Deles also underscored the role of the civil society in lobbying for the BBL in Congress. “They help make possible what I think is necessary for a real peace process to succeed, and that is broad ownership.”
“This lasting peace we are forging is not only for the Bangsamoro, not only for Mindanao, but for the whole country,” she said as she explained the whole-of-government approach utilized by the national government in partnership with the private sector to bring inclusive and genuine peace in Mindanao.
Kompre is a national gathering of organizations and individuals from different faiths, generations, and walks of life that vows to fight for reforms under the Aquino administration and push to continue the “tuwid na daan” beyond 2016 towards a more peaceful, democratic, progressive and inclusive Philippines.

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