MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday called on the 16th Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before the end of 2014 as he renewed his government’s commitment to the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“Ipakita sa kanila na di nagkamali sa pagpili sa kapayapaan,” Aquino said during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA). “Ang tagumpay ng lahat ang ating hangad, at hindi tayo papayag na may kababayang maiwan. Ang hiling ko sa Kongreso, maipasa niyo po sana [ang Bangsamoro basic Law] bago matapos ang 2014.”
The Bangsamoro Political Entity, the creation of which was agreed upon by both panels late last year, was envisioned to replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which Aquino had earlier described as a “failed experiment.”
Aquino also assured the public of a fully enforceable peace agreement between the government and the
“Malinaw na ang mga salita ay dapat mag bunga ng mga resulta. Itaga niyo po sa bato, ano mang mapagkasunduan ay ipapatupad ng pambansang pamahalaan, at hindi ito mga lista sa tubig na dalin na lang agos,” he said.
He also praised both peace panels for the accomplishments so far reached in the negotiations.
“Siyam na araw lang ang nakalipas, napirmahan na ang pangalawang Framework Agreement at madaragdagan pa ito. Tiyak hindi biro ang pagbuo ng consensus sa magkabilang panig. Mabuti na lang at handa makinig at magkita sa gitna ang dalawa,” Aquino said.
Last week, the government and the MILF closed the 38th round of exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur with the signing of the annex on wealth sharing.
Under the agreement, the two panels agreed on a 50-50 sharing of energy resources and for taxing powers to be given to the Bangsamoro.
Two more annexes on Normalization and Power Sharing have yet to be signed by the government and the MILF. (MNS)