While no major statements were released in the wake of the special meeting and workshop held last July 8 -10 in Kuala Lumpur, between the panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), we at IID and our partners pin our hopes that in the “modest gains” declared, the process of defining and refining the Bangsamoro ideal continues to progress.

We are aware that there have been criticisms of the content of, as well as the process at play, in defining the all-important Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the cornerstone document meant to define the nascent Bangsamoro entity. Plainly said we realize that there are no blueprints to such an involved process, one which nevertheless still requires painstaking investments in time, effort and resources for all involved. Furthermore, for our Muslim panelists and commissioners doing this during the holiest month of Ramadan, we from the sidelines can only imagine the added challenge you are all working through. Kudos to you!

Yet despite the seemingly uphill challenge to submit a mutually acceptable BBL to the President and then Congress still before us, we at IID express our continued hope and support for the successful conclusion to this peace process begun 17 years ago. We realize that as the details become more explicit, the terms more binding, the mechanisms more complex and the pressure to deliver ever building, we all still find value in the incremental gains that continue to be tallied, and in the persistence of both panels to persevere with the task at hand. To this we can only express our admiration and say “padayon” and persevere!

In the grace of Allah and the Almighty we pray, Mabuhay ang Peace Process! Mabuhay ang Bangsamoro Basic Law!