Skip to content

There is no higher priority than peace, no enduring legacy than justice—Akbayan

AKBAYAN Party today lauded the Aquino government’s resolve to pursue peace in Mindanao, particularly the administration’s recently concluded high level meeting with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Tokyo, calling it a ‘strong commitment for a just and sustainable peace in Mindanao.’

“There is no higher priority than peace, no enduring legacy than giving justice to the Bangsamoro cause,” said Akbayan Rep. Arlene Bag-ao, who hails from Mindanao.

Akbayan earlier supported the move of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in synchronizing the ARMM elections to 2013 and appointing officers-in-charge.

“The ARMM election synchronization is a transition to a transition – that of putting in reforms in governance while firming up a peace deal before 2013,” stated Tom Villarin, Akbayan Mindanao Commission chairperson.

Akbayan, however, warned that striking a lasting peace agreement would not be a “walk in the park” as there are “spoilers” out to sabotage any deal with the Bangsamoro.

“We have to deal with vested interests who want a military solution to the Mindanao problem. Politicians who have vested interests in Mindanao will also oppose any peace deal with the Moro rebels,’ said Villarin.

Akbayan, however, is also cautious about heightened expectations and the need to have a strategic framework that will address poverty, marginalization and economic development for Mindanao especially at a time of an impending global economic crisis.

In1996, a peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front anchored on peace and development was signed but its implementation hampered by the 1997 Asian financial crisis and later an all-out war policy by succeeding administrations under Estrada and Arroyo. It also led to the incarceration of Chairman Nur Misuari who again rose up in arms over the failure of the peace agreement.

Share:

About BlogWatch

BlogWatch began in November 2009 as a group of independent-minded bloggers and social media users helping with voter education. It has since evolved into a group of citizen advocates who engage government and the private sector, online and offline, for social good.

BlogWatch does not solicit, ask for, demand or receive any financial or material remuneration for involvement in its activities, whether in cash or in kind. Read our editorial policy which includes disclosure, methodology and corrections policy.

Share your thoughts on BlogWatch

 

Got something to say? Share your perspectives on current issues and contribute to the conversation.  Just contact the editorial board.

Read our older posts

“Best Story:” Award for Data Journalism PH 2015

BlogWatch received the “Best Story” Award for the First Data Journalism PH 2015 from the Open Knowledge Foundation and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism “Aid Monitoring: Citizens’ Initial Efforts in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda” . Forbes Philippines also garnered the same award.

BlogWatch receives the “Best Story” Award for the First Data Journalism PH 2015 from the Open Knowledge Foundation and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  for their story on “Aid Monitoring: Citizens’ Initial Efforts in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda” . Forbes Philippines also received the same award.

Send Us A Message