Friday, July 17, 2015

Deles welcomes CBCP’s support for BBL passage

Deles welcomes CBCP’s support for BBL passage

Manila – Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles today thanked the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for supporting the peace process and the aim to pass a Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will enable meaningful autonomy for the Bangsamoro.
“We support the CBCP’s appeal (for Congress) to pass a BBL that will ensure harmony among athe different peoples of the Bangsamoro and would grant aspirations for self-determination by our Bangsamoro brothers and sisters,” Deles said.
“Achieving peace does not happen overnight but passing the BBL will be the start of the road to a just and lasting peace in the autonomous region,” she noted.
In a recent pastoral statement by the CBCP, the Catholic bishops’ group announced it would support a BBL that would promote harmonious relationships among peoples of various ethnic groups and of different faiths and one that would respond to the concerns, hopes, and aspirations of all stakeholders in the proposed Bangsamoro region.
Deles reiterated that the proposed law is not only for the Moro people but for the Christians and the non-Moro indigenous peoples as well.
“Specific provisions in the proposed law protect and uphold the rights of the minorities in the proposed core territory,” Deles claimed.
Moreover, she agreed with the CBCP’s position that the Mamasapano debacle should not be equated with the passage of the BBL.
“We should learn from our mistakes in the past and prevent it from happening again,” she remarked.
Furthermore, the OPAPP secretary implored the lawmakers to pass a BBL that would be faithful to the Constitution. “I am with the CBCP in declaring that we want a BBL that does not have constitutional infirmities and does not stray from the peace agreement of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),” she concluded. ###

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