“The long-term solution to end terrorism in Mindanao hinges on the success of the Bangsamoro peace process”, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr, WestMinCom Chief said Tuesday, May 09, Philippine News Agency reported.
He said that the military fully supports the Duterte administration’s peace agenda, particularly the implementation of the peace agreements the government has signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“The outcome of the peace process has a direct correlation with our problem on terrorism,” Galvez told the Philippines News Agency.
Galvez said he recently met with the leaders of the Moro fronts, who relayed to him that terror groups in Mindanao are capitalizing on the delay in the implementation, especially the political track, of the peace agreements.
“IQ or Mohager Iqbal said that if the future of the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law) and the peace process between the government and the MILF and MNLF will be tentative, there is a big possibility they (terrorist groups) can recruit more,” he said.
A new draft Bangsamoro Law being crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) created by Pres. Duterte is eyed to be approved within the year to give a legal foundation for the creation of a new Bangsamoro region that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (Source: PNA)