President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the peace formula presented by Peace Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza that is aimed at bringing peace and development in the country.
Duterte signed the peace formula in its entirety during a closed-door meeting with Dureza late Monday afternoon in Malacañang.
The formula will address the Bangsamoro issue, the impending resumption of peace negotiations with the CPP/NPA/NDF, and the implementation of closure agreements with other rebel groups in the country.
Under Dureza’s peace formula, government will also implement massive development on the ground simultaneous with the peace process.
“I can sign a hundred peace agreements but if those on the ground do not immediately feel the dividends of peace, those agreements will not be sustainable,” Dureza said in his presentation.
Duterte then directed that the Executive Order of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) be amended to enable it to oversee all development projects and empower it to implement projects that are related to peace.
Peace with Bangsamoro
Duterte said as far as the Bangsamoro is concerned, the two parties are “now already in the implementation stage as the time for negotiations are over.”
Under the road map, an all-Moro body will be tasked to draft a “more inclusive” enabling law that will be filed with Congress in lieu of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which Congress failed to pass.
The peace strategy envisions the consolidation and/or convergence of the various peace agreements already entered into like the MILF’s Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the MNLF’s 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA).
It will also include relevant provisions of Republic Act 9054 or the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) law and the Indigenous People’s Rights Acts (IPRA).
The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) provided for in the MILF’s CAB will be reconstituted with representation coming from the MILF, MNLF, the ARMM, and other Bangsamoro representatives.
Work on the new proposed Bangsamoro enabling law will be done simultaneous with the moves to shift to a federal setup.
The reconstituted and inclusive BTC will also be mandated to propose amendments to the Philippine Constitution that are pertinent to the Bangsamoro as inputs towards eventual federalism in the country.