Nonviolent Peaceforce supports Peace Forum in Malabang

By: UNYPAD ComTeam

MALABANG, Lanao del Sur/ November 1 – The Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) supported the peace forum on Understanding the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) organized by the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) with the facilitation of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Lanao Coastal Area Provincial Chapter on Tuesday, October 31 held at Poblacion Malabang, Lanao del Sur.

Omair Saripada, the Provincial Chairman of UNYPAD Lanao Coastal Area said, “The purpose of the program is for the participants to have clear understanding on the CAB and the Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL.”

“We want for them to grasp the GPH-MILF (Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front) peace process and the existing peace mechanism inside the process. The BBL must be understood well so that we can gain their full support,” Saripada said.

He said that the proposed Bangsamoro Law could address the long historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro and it is a solution to violent extremism wherein some Moro youth are getting involved.

Engineer Kamar “Mark” Mauyag of the UBJP-Malabang stressed that all agreements forged between the government and the MILF are unique over other peace agreements with other revolutionary groups.

He said “These agreements are missing in the Moro National Liberation Front…what we have now is added to the missing part of previous accord, and this will solve the Moro questions on the right to self-determination.”

Mauyag presented the main topic in the said event delving on the salient points of the CAB and the BBL.

He emphasized how importance of the approval of BBL by the Philippine Congress “so that peace deal between the government and the MILF will be implemented.”

The PNP Chief of Police of Malabang town Senior Inspector Abdulnasser Manan, also a Meranao, said that they will support any programs related to the Bangsamoro peace process because he knows they will have gain on it once peace and security will be installed in the Bangsamoro areas.

He underscored the importance of sustained peace and security are to usher the holistic development of the Bangsamoro people.

Mr. Kamran Sha, headed the delegates of the Nonviolent Peaceforce based in Iligan City in the community peace forum.

Sha was delighted on the result of the activity that was attended by Islamic scholars, teachers, Local Monitors on Early Warning-Early Response (EWER) Team, Philippine National Police (PNP), and the local government unit of Malabang.

UNYPAD Vice President for Internal Affairs Tu Alid Alfonso supervised the conduct of the activity through the request of UNYPAD-Lanao Coastal Area provincial chapter.

NP is a nonpartisan unarmed international peacekeeping organization and a long partner of the UNYPAD since they came here in the Philippines. The organization was invited by the civil society organizations in Mindanao to be part of the GPH-MILF peace process.

It is now part of the Civilian Protection Component (CPC) of the GPH-MILF peace mechanism with other countries such as Turkey, Norway, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and among other nations which have been supporting the Bangsamoro peace process.

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