Muslims in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley gathered in the city’s Rotary Park grounds to show support to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in Malacañang between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, citing that such document will pave the way for “total peace” in Mindanao.
At least 300 Muslims showed their support by holding a rally in support to the historic peace deal that aims to bring stable peace in Mindanao.
“Ang Comprehensive Agreement na ito ay para sa lahat ng Bangsamoro, apil na ang kauban natong mga settlers na mga Kristyano,” said Manolo Ananaed, the provincial information director of the MILF.
Rasad Sawat of the Bangsamoro Regional Institute Development Office said the signing is recognition of their “legitimate call to be a part of good governance and be a contributor to genuine peace in Mindanao.”
Both leaders said this will pave way for “total peace in Mindanao,” bringing in a surge of development in an area that has long been suffering in insurgency and conflict.
The Bangsamoro region will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao once the Bangsamoro Basic Law is passed by Congress and ratified by the constituents in a plebiscite.
The agreement on the creation of a Bangsamoro, signed by the representatives of the government and the MILF and witnessed by the diplomatic corps led by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak whose government brokered the said peace deal, has five component documents: the framework agreement signed in 2012, and separate annexes on power sharing, normalization, wealth sharing and revenue generation and transitional arrangements and modalities.
The gathering at the Rotary Park was initiated by the MILF Davao del Norte with the support of the City Government of Tagum and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. | Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum
Photo by Gleiza Delgado of CIO Tagum