DAVAO CITY—Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza has persuaded one faction of the Moro National Liberation Front to agree on 42 points that can be merged with the government’s Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Dureza said he recently met with former Cotabato mayor Muslimin Sema, who leads one of the three MNLF factions, and Sema presented 42 consensus points that were gleaned from the tripartite review of the peace pact the MNLF signed with the government in 1996.
The tripartite review was conducted by the government, the MNLF and the Organization of the Islamic Council.
But the government is still waiting for judicial clearance to talk with MNLF founder Nur Misuari, who signed the 1996 peace pact but is currently a fugitive from the law after he was charged of rebellion for the Zamboanga City siege in 2013.
Dureza said they will launch the implementation stage of what they envisioned to be a new Bangsamoro enabling law in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 13.
Dureza said that they have chosen Malaysia as the venue of the launch because of the help Malaysia delivered as facilitator of the talks between the government and the MILF.
He said that they are expecting the two Bangsamoro groups to create their own implementing panel that the government will later deal with.
“I hope that the MILF will make their own implementing panel and also the MNLF and the government will deal with them for the envisioned inclusive Bangsamoro government unit,” Dureza said.
He said that they envisioned for an all Moro assembly when all the Bangsamoro group will commit on the convergence and inclusivity that they are eyeing.
Dureza said President Rodrigo Duterte approved his proposed road map towards convergence and inclusivity with the Moro people and they are aiming to converge the 1996 peace agreement and the 2014 CAB to have a continuous peace.
“With the President firmly committing to implement all signed agreement, especially with the Bangsamoro, we have started to move already towards that convergence,” Dureza said.
“There must be a convergence of all sectors of the Bangsamoro and in the upcoming crafting of the enabling law that will establish the Bangsamoro governance unit, we’d like to see inclusivity on their work,” he added.
He said that the convergence of the Bangsamoro is for the early enactment of the enabling law that will immediately install the Bangsamoro governance unit.