MILF Chair thanks Malaysia’s commitment to Mindanao peace process

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Cotabato City – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Razak for the Malaysian government’s commitment to Mindanao peace process.

This was the statement of Chairman Murad last Saturday, March 12, before the outgoing IMT Batch 10 Malaysian contingents during their exit call with the MILF leadership.

“The continuous sending of the IMT contingent is a clear manifestation that both parties and the facilitating country, Malaysia, are very much committed to continue the peace process,” the MILF Chairman said.

The Malaysian government facilitated the peace talks between the Philippine Government and the MILF after the Arroyo administration asked Malaysia to intervene in the peace process way back in 2001.

The MILF Chair told the Malaysian peace monitors that the two parties are suffering in the implementation process of the agreements.

“The BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) has suffered in the Congress,” he said.

“You can not implement a political agreement until it is translated into law,” Murad said and added, “This is a great challenge to all.”
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According to Chairman Murad, Prime Minister Razak has expressed his strong commitment to continue the peace process and urged all parties to exert all efforts in order to achieve the goal of the peace process.

The Malaysian Prime Minister also expressed his dismay over the non-passage of the measure.

On February 26, Chairman Murad Ibrahim met the Malaysian Prime Minister in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, and shared their common sentiment to the fate of the BBL.

Passing the BBL by the Philippine Congress is a unilateral obligation of the government as stipulated in the peace agreement signed by the Philippine government and the MILF in 2014.

Sessions in the Lower House adjourned last February 5 without passing the BBL. The MILF expressed its deep disappointment and grave dismay over the government’s failure to pass the Bangsamoro law.

If passed into law and approved though a plebiscite, the BBL will pave way for the establishment of an autonomous Bangsamoro government with more political and fiscal powers.

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