New Events


no events posted in last week

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds


Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

offsite link What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed

offsite link SYRIZA: Was capitulation inevitable? Fri Jul 17, 2015 14:14 | Sami El-Sayed

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Fintan O’Toole: Falling for the myth that the people are to blame

offsite link Tom Lyons: A journalist unlikely to ask the tough questions Anthony

offsite link Breaking news: Sinn Fein responsible for IBRC farce Anthony

offsite link Atheist Ireland banned while Iona Institute enjoys full access to schools Anthony

offsite link Political lies cause suffering and death. Enda Kenny is a political liar Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Western Sanctions on Russia SITREP by the Serbian Girl Fri Nov 27, 2015 15:53 | Scott
The US ?led war campaign against Russia, includes financial warfare. USA has complete dominance of the global financial network. Sanctions were put in place in order to financially asphyxiate Russia

offsite link Lavrov and Syrian FM Walid al-Moallem hold joint press conference in Moscow (ENGLISH) Fri Nov 27, 2015 15:16 | Scott
Video starts from 48:00 minutes. Streamed live on Nov 27, 2015 Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem hold a joint press conference following their meeting

offsite link Russian Weapon at Work Fri Nov 27, 2015 14:56 | Scott

offsite link Why is the US Hanging Turkey Out to Dry? ?. article by Andrew Korybko Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:37 | Saker-Admin
These three additional links support Andrew’s thesis that the US is turning on Turkey: US says Turkey downed Russian jet while Syrian airspace Retired US airforce general says Turkey broke

offsite link Putin, Hollande speak after Moscow talks LIVE Thu Nov 26, 2015 19:43 | Scott
Putin and Hollande give a joint press conference following their meeting – English Audio Video starts at 0:33 seconds Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande held a

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link Open Letter: Recognition of the Travelling Community as an Ethnic Minority in Ireland Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:56 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Labour Party #repealthe8th Proposals: An Analysis Wed Nov 25, 2015 20:11 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Book Launch: International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland, 8 December 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:21 | Liam Thornton

offsite link FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Green Party?s Reproductive Rights Policy: An Appraisal Tue Nov 17, 2015 07:55 | Fiona de Londras

Human Rights in Ireland >>

The Philippines-Bangsamoro Agreement

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | press release author Wednesday April 02, 2014 09:11author by Akbayan - Citizens Action Party Report this post to the editors

The Bangsamoro Agreement: A Step towards Re-imagining and Rebuilding the Philippine Nation


Akbayan Party extends its warmest congratulations to the Bangsamoro people, particularly to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as it signs today a historic, landmark peace agreement with the Philippine government.

We are extremely happy that after four decades of struggle and 17 years of arduous negotiations, the Bangsamoro people, which include the Christian settlers and Lumad, now possess a wide-ranging agreement, which fully recognizes their historic, political, and socio-cultural identity and restores their fundamental right to govern and shape their own destiny. Dubbed as the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the agreement is perhaps the most important document in the history and struggle of the Moro people. It is also one of a kind as no other peace agreement in the country’s political history has achieved so much on the negotiation table. We earnestly hope that the agreement will give birth to a new beginning for the people of Mindanao.

In the same breath, we laud President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for exercising the political will to see the just conclusion of the negotiation. We also thank the Malaysian government for acting as a third party facilitator in the peace process. Likewise, we acknowledge the efforts of the negotiating panels, the social movements and civil society groups in Mindanao as well as the international community in helping realize the agreement. Even as the forging of the agreement proved to be challenging, and the temptation to revert to old acrimonious relationships very strong, the passion and goodwill devoted by all to the process is truly deserving of praise. Exceptional were the women leaders from the side of the government who gave birth to this agreement together with their Bangsamoro counterparts who, on the other hand, have demonstrated their firm and patient resolve even during the most difficult part of the negotiations.

Bangsamoro Basic Law

The next challenge faced by the Moro people is to draft and pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which would lay down the legal basis for the creation of the Bangsamoro Region. President Aquino has already declared it a priority legislative measure. However, the enemies of peace and of the Bangsamoro people have also declared that they will oppose the proposed law. Akbayan reiterates its commitment to the Moro people to push and pass the measure. We pledge to protect the proposed law from all those who seek to sabotage or water it down with the end goal of hoodwinking the Filipino people into believing that the Bangsamoro Agreement is contrary to their interest. Together with other reform-oriented lawmakers in Congress, we promise to ensure that all stakeholders will be heard in the law's deliberations and, later, in the plebiscite that will be called to ratify it. The forces of peace and reforms have not come this far only to be derailed by those few who stand to lose the most from a modern, peaceful and self-governing Mindanao. We will not give them that satisfaction.

Unite under the banner of peace

Thus, we call on the Filipino people to unite under the banner of peace and give the Bangsamoro Agreement a chance to succeed. We have no illusion that fundamental change will happen overnight. However, while we recognize that the root causes of the war in Mindanao are deep and multi-dimensional, we see the agreement as a first big step in understanding and rectifying historical mistakes done against the Bangsamoro people. We look forward that the new Bangsamoro government, in partnership with the national government, will resolutely and comprehensively address poverty, illiteracy, marginalization, and disempowerment of the people in the region; problems which have been gravely compounded by the armed conflict.

ARMM transition

Consequently, we call on the present leadership of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARRM) to prepare to make the smoothest possible transition by having a transparent and accountable turnover of all assets to the new political entity. Local government units that will fall under the Bangsamoro entity have nothing to fear as their powers, authority, resources and responsibilities will not be diminished; rather, these will be enhanced and further democratized.

Inclusive peace

We also call on other groups such as the MNLF to open themselves to peaceful negotiations in settling the causes of the armed conflict. We join them in their just demand that all peace pacts agreed upon in the past, including the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement, must be fully implemented provided that it is the Bangsamoro people who will fully benefit from them and not just a few personalities. Furthermore, we call on the MILF, the national government and all stakeholders to make peace an inclusive process. Even as we celebrate this historic achievement, we remind them that the struggle for genuine and lasting peace must eschew sectarianism and exclusivity.

Foreign interests

We also caution our Moro sisters and brothers against foreign interests lurking in the periphery. The region's oil and natural gas resources as well as its strategic military importance have caught the attention of different foreign powers, particularly the United States, which is currently pushing for an increased rotational basing/presence of its military in the country. Under the guise of working for peace, these foreign interests are obviously concocting ways to advance their political, economic and military interests in the region. We hope that as the Moro people forge international partnerships, it will exercise extreme vigilance and prudence.

Re-imagining and rebuilding the Philippine nation

The Moro people’s quest for self-determination is close to the heart of Akbayan. As a progressive political party, we reiterate that if we are to realize a positive transformation of Philippine society and a modern reinvention of our concept of national community, the Moro people’s full political inclusion through a genuine exercise of autonomy and ample representation in our democratic institutions, a complete acknowledgement of their claims to their ancestral lands, and full respect for their cultural and religious freedoms must be equally realized.

The Bangsamoro Agreement is geared towards that vision. It is a necessary and vital step in our aspiration to re-imagine and rebuild the Philippine nation and state.

© 2001-2015 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy