On the occasion of the 1st Anniversary of the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) between the Philippine government and the MILF last 15 Oct 2012, I am reblogging this article on our aspirations for peace in Mindanao and in the entire country in general.
After a year of negotiations, there remain some contentious issues, particularly on power-sharing and normalization. There have however been encouraging developments, with the panels engaged in “exhaustive and honest discussions in order to identify the best formulations for an agreement that would respond to the aspirations of both Parties.”
Last October 15, the Philippine government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally signed a Framework Peace Agreement. It was a historic event that elicited mixed reactions from the different sectors of our society. The reactions ranged from outright joy and approval, to cautious optimism, to indifference, to apprehension, to cynicism, to outright dismay and disapproval.
But for many of those who live in the Bangsa Moro designated territories and their peripheries, achieving that elusive peace is a wondrous dream that they’ve long waited for. Having been assigned to Mindanao numerous times during my military years, I too have witnessed the horrors, the hurts and the tears brought about by decades of fighting and finger-pointing. And all these have only served to fuel that vicious cycle of tragedies that we continued to inflict on each other. Our people have suffered more than enough. And I have cried with…
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