CSO’s Statement in Support to the GPH-MILF Peace Process

Cotabato City
September 11, 2013
 

We, members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Central Mindanao, express our strong support to the 40th Exploratory Talks of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It is our prayer that this round of talks will finally result to the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which will seal once and for all the political conflict in Mindanao for peace to finally reign in the region.

It is an undeniable fact that only this negotiation can give hope, peace and progress to the oppressed and marginalized peoples of Mindanao who have been suffering from the difficulties of life as a result of the seemingly endless war which has been ravaging our land for a long time. Only this (negotiation) can halt this protracted armed struggle for right to self-determination of the Moro nation.

It is also believed that dillydallying the signing of the remaining annexes will result to the delay of the pacing of the entire peace process, and the more it is put off the wider the space given to the peace process saboteurs to do things that are detrimental to this peace effort of the government and the MILF.

As one of the Mindanao stakeholders, we, the civil society organizations in Central Mindanao, put the following calls forward:

  1. That the GPH and MILF through their respective peace panels will speed up the process of settling all remaining issues and immediately sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement;
  2. That the presence and participation of the CSOs in the GPH-MILF peace negotiations as observers will be maximized and given more importance;
  3. That the Bangsamoro leaders, specially the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and MILF bind themselves together and move as one in the pursuit of peace, development, justice, and right to self determination for the entire Bangsamoro;
  4. That the standoff in Zamboanga brought about by the declaration for independence of the Bangsamoro by the MNLF must be peacefully handled by the government so that peace spoilers will not be given a chance to capitalize on the situation to derail the finality of the GPH-MILF peace process. The CSOs of Central Mindanao believes that the military solution will only aggravate the situation; and
  5. That the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Bangsamoro Armed Forces of the MNLF in the midst of the Zamboanga situation should respect the civilians’ rights, ensure their safety and security, and ensure that they (civilians) will not become collateral damage.

Finally, we humbly remind the government and the MILF that the shared hope and vision for lasting peace in Mindanao is at their hands and any unnecessary delay will only prolong the agony of the people.

Signed:                                               

Mindanao Action for Peace and Development (MAPAD INITIATIVE)

Initiative for Development, Education and Access to Livelihood (IDEAL)

Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace (BCJP)

Ligawasan Youth Association for Sustainable Development, Inc. (LYASDI)

United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD)

Moro Women Cultural and Development Center (MWDECC)

Cotabato Center for Peace and Dev’t. Initiative (CCPDI)

SEED FOUNDATION, INC.

Youth Advocacy for Peace and Dev’t. Network (YAPDN)

Mindanaowan Humanitarian and Development Initiative (MinHuDI)

Bangsamoro Muslim Aid in the Philippines (BMAP)

SEEDTECH FOUNDATION, INC.

TASBIKA, INC.

Kaumpiya sa Mindanao, Inc. (KASAMA)

Organization of Tiduaray-Lambangiyan Conference (OTLAC)

KABALIKAT CIVICOM, INC.

NIMSA, INC.

Local Initiatives for Peace and Development in Mindanao, Inc. (LIPAD MINDANAO)

 
Dats Magon
Spokesperson
Cp# 09176228317
Email: datsmagon@gmail.com