PASIG CITY, 8 March 2019 – The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are working on the formulation of rules and regulations for implementation (IRR) of the proposed standardization regulation under the 2014 Global Bangsamoro Agreement (CAB). The president`s peace adviser, Carlito G. Galvez Jr., said the two sides had worked doubly hard to ensure the proper implementation of the programs as part of the peace agreement normalization process. (more…) On 24 January 2014, Miriam Coronel Ferer, the Philippine government`s chief negotiator, and Mohagher Iqbal, the philippine`s chief negotiator, signed a peace agreement in Kuala Lumpur. The agreement would pave the way for the creation of the new Muslim autonomous entity called Bangsamoro, according to a law that must be approved by the Philippine Congress. The agreement paves the way for the formation of the Bangsamoro government in 2016. At the signing ceremony, Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Al-Hajj President Murad Ebrahim, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, participated in others involved in the peace process and foreign representatives. Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe and President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Akihiko Tanaka, were among those who experienced the historic event. Instead of bringing Muslim leaders together, the agreement fragmented the MNLF[13] because some groups within the group preferred independence to autonomy.

Thus, a group of officers led by Hashim Salamat[14] disbanded and founded the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to continue its armed struggle for an independent Bangsamoro (Moro Nation) nation in Mindanao. The current ARMM charter lists fourteen areas that are not within the purview of the regional legislature. In this comprehensive peace agreement, the parties list 81 powers reserved for the central government, exclusively for the Bangsamoro, and at the same time with both parties to the division of power. Of the 81 powers, 58 are allocated to Bangsamoro, nine are reserved for the central government and 14 are shared. [2] The framework agreement on the Bangsamoro annexes and four annexes, namely transitional provisions and modalities, yield production and stream distribution, power-sharing and standardization, and the Inland waters addendum of Bangsamoro, are included in the overall agreement. [3] On 24 March, Philippine forces increased the alert status for red numbers in anticipation of the event. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, President Hadji Mourad Ibrahim and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are among the most expected to sign the agreement. [4] JicA congratulates the Philippine government and MILF on this landmark agreement, which is a chance to move closer to lasting peace and prosperity. It is JICA`s sincere wish to continue to support conflict-affected areas by supporting the strengthening of institutions and the development of human resources by the new Government of Bangsamoro, the improvement of people`s livelihoods and the improvement of regional development in the medium and long term. It also reaffirms the commitment of both sides to the following agreements/documents: « The waterproofing of the comprehensive agreement is not only important to Bangsamoro, the people of Mindanao and all other Filipino citizens, all of whom must win as a country fulfilling its unfinished mission of nation-building. Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chair of the GPH Peace Board In search of its goal of liberating Bangsamoro, MNLF has involved government forces in large-scale armed clashes[5] culminating in the early 1970s, when the rebels` glittering operations gave them control of a considerable number of communities around Cotabato City and their airport complex.