It is good news to hear that the Duterte administration is pouring at least P21 million for the planting of bamboo and mangrove in the 288,000-hectare Liguasan Marsh. By modest standard, the money is too small but as a starting point, it is more than enough.  

The use of the term “convergence” is more of a government preferred approach in handling the emerging two tracks pursued by the MNLF and MILF and government, respectively. Lately, the MNLF seems inclined to it, which drifts slightly away from the “harmonization” approach being pushed by the Organization of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).  It is not bad per se; it only requires more appreciation that convergence is more of a process; and this is mainly through the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, and more importantly, through the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) under the auspices of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

There is absolutely no new video recording of Commander Bravo or in real life, Abdullah Macapaar, or his men executing three men by firing squad. If there was one, without necessarily admitting, it was done long time ago, and the MILF absolutely had no sanction of it.

We can assume that everybody wants peace, because this is the natural tendency or urge of every soul.  But the flipside is that nearly everybody also differs on how to achieve it. This is an irony that ever haunts peace-makers to this day.

 After a long wait, finally, the appointment papers of the 21 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) were officially released by government last February 10. Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) made the announcement during a press conference at his office in Pasig City. 

Last November 7, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the Executive Order (EO) that would reconstitute the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which will draft the new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). It also enlarged its membership from 15 to 21 thereby providing wider participation from other sectors of Moro society. The more the merrier, as the saying goes.

The passing away of HE Dato’ Tengku Ab’Ghafar bin Tengku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator of the GPH-MILF peace process since April 2011 until his death on September 2, is truly unnerving and devastating.

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