ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman's Message on the 2nd Anniversary of the CAB

For almost half a century, the struggle to establish a genuine Bangsamoro political system of self-governance in Mindanao has been the passion and vision of the region’s multi-cultural communities. The cost of this righteous cause has been overwhelming in terms of lives lost, properties destroyed and hindered socio-economic development.

Fortunately, President Benigno Aquino III, with his extraordinary sense of historical justice and socio-economic benevolence towards the struggle of the Bangsamoro people, has taken this quest to heights never before attained since the 1976 Tripoli Agreement.

Through his stewardship, the government’s peace negotiation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was concluded and sealed with the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) in October 5, 2012, and further expanded by the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on March 27, 2014, the second anniversary of which we commemorate today.

Despite the failure of Congress to enact the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the Bangsamoro people as represented by the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) shall persevere in supporting the CAB and its interim implementation.

This means honoring the ceasefire and all other peace-building mechanisms in place, and in particular implementing billions of pesos in socio-economic projects by the ARMM as we await the formation of the CAB-mandated Bangsamoro regional government. 

As ARMM governor and re-electionist candidate, this is my pledge and commitment to the Bangsamoro and Filipino people. I likewise challenge all candidates to extend their support for the peace process in the interim period and for the passage of BBL as soon as the new government is in power.