Historical background and self-governance
social programs alleviating poverty and addressing insecurities in our country are being funneled to
financing the government's war effort. War as a policy instrument implemented by the government is not a solution to the Moro secessionism. Not only does war destroy lives and properties, it distracts the government from tackling the core issues, such as marginalization and poverty. It also creates deep seethed wounds and distrust among the Moros towards the national government.
1. We support the desire and collective aspiration to have meaningful self-governance for and by Moros in Mindanao through a more empowered ARMM.
meaningful and more empowered self-governance characterized by their distinct culture and historical claim. While we mourn the loss of 44 brave Special Action Force (SAF) who dutifully performed their job, we must remember that civilians and Moro fighters also died in Mamasapano incident. Since thorough and impartial investigations are key in determining the truth, and consequently meting out justice for the victims and their families and demanding accountability of erring officials, let us take the opportunity of establishing lasting peace which has eluded for so long the people of Mindanao. Let us be reminded that BBL is only a segment of the long continuum of peace process. Let us focus on the bigger picture which is peace in Mindanao. We have heard those who oppose or are tentative in supporting the BBL. Let their voices serve as an invitation to further review, discuss and scrutinize the BBL together with those who push for it. This is an essential part of the process before, if ever, we pass it into law to douse off the flame of Moro secessionism.
2. We support the continued dialogue with those who oppose BBL in the hope of converging
at an understanding and a shared decision and commitment to pursue lasting peace in
the value of diversity and democratic ideals. There is a legitimate cause for alarm since the
abrogation of the current version of the BBL, in whole or in part, may be interpreted differently by various sectors especially its most affected stakeholders, the Bangsamoro people. This is an
incalculable risk since decades-long peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao might be laid to waste if an altered version of the BBL that does not fully provide the autonomy desired by the Bangsamoro people is passed. Balance must be made between making the BBL a constitutional legislation and providing an inclusive Bangsamoro political entity that will embody the collective ideals and aspirations of the Moros (and Lumads). It is in this critical historic juncture that sobriety and discernment are called upon us who are members of an academic community. We believe that it is incumbent upon us to express and make clear our stance in this very important issue.