President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday vowed to fulfill and enforce the government’s peace agreements over the Bangsamoro region.
The President Marcos made the pledge during the 9th anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
“We in the national government will do our part to fulfill our commitments under the peace agreements and see its full implementation. We shall not waver from this,” Mr. Marcos said in a video message.
“As we have said before, the path to lasting peace is always under construction, but we shall build and walk this path together so that our children and the generations that will follow shall live lives of prosperity and of peace,” he added.
The Chief Executive expressed belief that under his governance, the “political and normalization tracks of the peace agreement continue to gain momentum.”
“Our partners in the BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) continue to deliver on their commitments in both tracks, with the recent passing of the critical Bangsamoro Electoral Code,” Mr. Marcos said.
Acting Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity Secretary Isidro Purisima said fulfilling peace commitments would include the decommissioning process and developing the areas in the Bangsamoro region.
“It’s one of the things that we will do in the Bangsamoro, we will continue the decommissioning process as well as developing the socioeconomic aspects of the areas in the Bangsamoro.” Purisima said in a separate public briefing.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) earlier said that the decommissioning of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front members is set to be finished by the year 2024.
The CAB was signed during the administration of late President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. It paved the way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro, a new political entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.