Friday, November 13, 2015

MILF: BTC Chair to speak about peace process in a seminar at Japan

Posted to the MILF Website (Nov 12): BTC Chair to speak about peace process in a seminar at Japan

(Photo: FB post of Rikkyo University)

(Photo: FB post of Rikkyo University)

The Chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission was invited as speaker in an open seminar to be held at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan this Sunday, November 15,  to discuss the difficulty encountered in the peace negotiation and the implementation of the signed peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Mohagher Iqbal, BTC Chairman and also Chair of the MILF Peace Panel, was assigned with the topic “Negotiating an agreement is difficult but implementing it is much harder.”

Joining Iqbal is BTC Commissioner Abdulla Camlian who will also tackle, “The Arduous Path to Peace: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Peace Process.” 

The organizer has also invited the Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, Atty. Salma Rasul, who will discuss the challenges and realities of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

The three personalities will provide the audiences inputs on what has been going on with the peace process and the prospects it will bring in Mindanao.

Japan, through its program J-BIRD (Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development), has been providing peace-building assistance in Mindanao

The BTC Chair has been involved in the peace negotiation since 2003. He has written the book “Bangsamoro: A Nation under Endless Tyranny” using the pseudonym Salah Jubair and The Long Road to Peace: Inside the GRP-MILF Peace Process.

Camlian joined the MILF Peace Panel in 2010. He served in the government as Executive Assistant to the Administrator of Southern Philippine Development Administration and Deputy Executive Director of the Office on Muslim Affairs now National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

Iqbal and Camilan were both active in the Moro revolutionary movement in the 70s. 

Rasul has been engaged in advocacy work on the topics of “democracy”, “human rights” and “interfaith dialogue” with PCID. 

She has also profound knowledge on legal aspects of establishing the proposed autonomous Bangsamoro government that will be established once the BBL is enacted by Congress.
The BBL was crafted by the 15-man member of the BTC. The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, signed by the GPH and MILF in 2014, was the basis in the drafting of the proposed legislation.

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