Framework Signifies Desire For Peace

23 October 2012

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PIA) - A professor here said the overwhelming support reaped by the signing of the Framework Agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signifies Mindanaoans' longtime desire for peace.

Mindanao State University-Islamic Studies Professor Maulawi Calimba said people in Mindanao have reached the point of "fatigue" where they no longer wanted the classic war but peace.

Calimba also warned all stakeholders to be "mindful and watchful" saying that the details have yet to be threshed out in three years.

"That's why everybody has to be mindful of what is going on around them and we have to be watchful for what the government and the MILF will do to the contents of the basic law within that period so we can help shape Mindanao future," he said.

The Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity (NPE) will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Meanwhile, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Sarangani-General Santos City chapter chairman James Catalan expressed confidence over the decision of the Philippine government to finally hitch an agreement with the MILF.

"It's an effective way to bridge and solve the longtime problem in Mindanao," he told PIA General Santos City.

Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Luwalhati Antonino also lauded President Benigno Aquino's resoluteness for pushing the agreement forward.

She also believes that the signing of the framework will result in unity among Mindanao peace stakeholders allowing "transformation" in the region especially those areas that have gone through the worst times.

The framework, which was signed on Monday, October 15 at Malacañang Palace is President Aquino's essential legacy to the Muslims and the peace loving people in Mindanao.

Although admitting that much work still remains to be done, President Aquino is "confident that our faith in this will not waver and will even go stronger."