UnYPhil-Women Statement on the signing of Normalization Annex

Kulintang: The Sound of Peace
Reverberating the Call for Genuine and Just Peace in Mindanao
January 26, 2014

We have reached another milestone on the peace negotiation between Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH). The last annex which is the Normalization was finally signed on January 25, 2014 by MILF and GPH peace panel in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The Normalization is said to be the process for the Bangsamoro constituency to achieve their desired quality of live and security and to live without fear of any forms of violence or social and political injustice.

UnYPhil-Women congratulate the GPH and MILF peace panel and Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tenku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator, in completing the remaining annex of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its continuing commitment to end the decades of conflict in Muslim Mindanao. The FAB, the Normalization Annex, and the three other annexes which had been previously signed – Transitional Arrangements and Modalities that was signed on February 27, 2013; the Wealth Sharing Annex that was signed on July 13, 2013, and; the Power Sharing annex that was signed on December 08, 2013 – comprise the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that will lay down the foundations of just peace in the new political entity.

With the completion of the four steps of the roadmap to peace, we are now proceeding on to the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). UnYPhil-Women perceive this phase of the negotiation as crucial for the women among IP, Moro and Non-Moro to present a unified agenda and participate on public discussions to ensure women’s inclusion in decision-making processes and adoption of women’s perspective on meaningful political participation and freedom from all forms of violence and discrimination.

We, from UnYPhil-Women, are actively calling for support from all sectors and Civil Society Organizations for ensuring the inclusion of women’s issues and agenda on the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). We are also calling the support from our legislators to fast-track the passing of the BBL and stand firm in upholding just peace in Mindanao.

We are urging everyone to actively support the peace process and to continue accompanying the peace panel members and commissioners until the desired peace will be enjoyed by all the people in Mindanao.

United Youth of the Philippines-Women

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