MILF Chairman Alhaj Murad Ebrahim appealed on the eve of the Eidul Adha celebration to the Bangsamoro people to be “conscious of the challenges” facing them especially after the past Philippine administration failed to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
In his annual message read over Suara Mindanao radio program, Ebrahim also called on the Bangsamoro to be united as formal engagement with the new administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has been started already to move forward the GPH-MILF Peace Process.
The MILF chieftain said that the entire Front and its agencies are “altogether engaging efforts with the international community” to sustain and further strengthen the latter’s support to the peace process.
He narrated how the MILF and the new administration agreed to proceed with the peace process, beginning with the visit last July 21 of new OPAPP Sec. Jesus Dureza to Camp Darapanan and the August 13 formal launching of the respective MILF and GPH Peace Implementing Panels in Kuala Lumpur.
The renaming of Peace Negotiating Panel to Peace Implementing Panel reflects the two Parties’ consensus that the focus now will be on the implementation of signed agreements since “negotiation is already concluded after the signing of the FAB and CAB.”
The Panels have met on August 29 and 30 at Davao City to review the draft executive order for a reconstituted Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), which is part of the substantive aspects of the peace and development roadmap.
They are scheduled to meet again in the last week of the current month.
Ebrahim urged all officers, commanders and members of the MILF Political Wing and the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) to “continue upholding (their) earlier directive to strictly abide by the instructions and guidelines of the MILF Central Committee.”
He exhorted them to uphold the primacy of the peace process but to be vigilant and persevering also “towards any future eventuality.”