2012 Framework Agreement On The Bangsamoro

The text of the agreement is expected to be officially signed in Manila on 15 October 2012; with the project which, according to MILF Vice-President Ghazali Jaafar, is accepted by a “very happy” MILF. Bangsamoro literally translates “Moro Nation,” a concept used by various secessionist groups such as milF in the southern Philippines, to refer to the political entity made up of 13 Filipino Muslim ethno-Guinean groups. The Bangsamoro Framework Agreement is a provisional peace agreement signed on 15 October 2012 at the Malacaan Palace in Manila, Philippines. The agreement calls for the creation of an autonomous political unit called Bangsamoro, replacing the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), described as a “failed experiment” by former President Benigno Aquino III. [1] This agreement offers the promise of peace, security and economic prosperity now and for future generations in Mindanao. This implicit reliance on basic consultation has been largely made possible by the high degree of internationalization of negotiations – as evidenced by the creation of the International Contact Group (ICG) in 2009 and the continuation of the International Monitoring Team (IMT), which contributed to zero incidents of violence between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and MILF for 2012. This unprecedented peace between the two sides gave substance to the development of the framework agreement. Given that the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement is precisely that, a framework or a framework, there is much to be done and many obstacles to overcome. Including the signing of the agreement itself, there are 15 steps until the creation of Bangsamoro, which will end with the formation of the Bangsamoro Legislative Assembly, all to be reached before the end of President Aquino`s term in 2016 – a very ambitious timetable. The agreement signed on 2 September 1996 in Manila, Philippines, ended the Moro National Liberation Front rebellion against the Philippine government. The U.S. government congratulates the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on concluding negotiations for a historic and comprehensive peace agreement. To play the game of all this, the framework agreement calls for the creation of a Transitional Commission (TransCom), whose mission is to “work on the development of the Bangsamoro Basic Law; [] to work on proposals to amend the Philippine Constitution to enshrine and anchor the parties` agreements in the Constitution…

and [to] coordinate development programmes in Bangsamoro communities, if necessary” (p.9). Dean Marvic Leonen, the government`s chief negotiator for the talks with MILF, has issued two major press releases since the release of the framework agreement on 7 October 2012. During this media exchange, Dean Leonen asked questions of journalists who gave him the opportunity to explain in more detail the agreement and implementation processes. A briefing was held in Kuala Lumpur, where the 32nd formal exploratory talks between the Philippine government and MILF took place. Access here: Press release of the GPH peace group on the framework agreement with MILF, 7 October 2012 The following day, the peace panel returned to Manila to discuss with MILF and issued a courtesy appeal to the President. They then gave a briefing with the Malaca-ang Press Corps. Access: Press release from President Lacierda`s spokesman and President Leonen, 8 October 2012 On 15 October, the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a landmark agreement that will give hope to end decades of armed conflict in the southern Philippines.

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