Aquino says gov’t pushes for passage of Bangsamoro Basic Law for peace and progress in Mindanao

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MANILA -- President Benigno S. Aquino III said his administration is working hard for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by 2014, paving the way towards a peaceful and prosperous Mindanao.


In his speech during the dinner in celebration of Eid’l Fitr held at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall in Malacanang Palace on Tuesday, the Chief Executive underscored the importance of the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to end the decades-long armed conflict in Mindanao.

"The Framework Agreement that we forged with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front stands today as a testament to the meaningful change that can be borne of true partnership and a willingness to sacrifice," the President said.

"Now, our goal of a peaceful and prosperous Mindanao has come into view. We still have some steps to go, as we work to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law by 2014. For this reason, let us continue to find in our hearts the trust and goodwill necessary for the fulfillment of our dreams of peace, bearing in mind not the interest of the few, but the betterment of the majority," he said.

The President vowed to deal with all the obstacles that hinder the efforts of the government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and peace advocates to end the armed conflict in Mindanao and bring progress in the region.

"I ask you to do even more to attain our shared goals. Just as we are committed to do the right and to work together to advance the common good, there are those who are committed to perpetuating the conditions that lead to the misery of many, and enrich a powerful few," he said.

The President said his administration is stepping up its efforts to stop a few groups who are trying to disrupt the peace process in their bid to advance their own interests.

"Therefore all of us, who are people of good will, must overcome every obstacle they place in our path. Every effort they make to disrupt the peace process should be met by our superior effort. In this manner, we will ensure that, just as we are in the right, our just cause will prevail," he said.

The President also lauded the Filipino-Muslim community for their efforts and sacrifices to work together with the government to achieve genuine peace and progress in Mindanao.

"Our commitment to positive change will therefore determine the outcome of our endeavors. Just as you have all fasted and fulfilled one of the great obligations of your faith, it is my hope that every Filipino will find in your example the kindness, humility, and devotion to sacrifice, which are fundamental to establishing lasting peace in our country," the President said.

Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan) is celebrated by the Muslim World for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting.

Ramadan is the month when Muslims observe strict fasting for a period of 12 hours daily, from sunrise to sunset.

Ramadan is also a month of sacrifice and purification as the Muslims worldwide fast, pray and act with kindness towards the poor and the less fortunate. 

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