Benefits to accrue in Mindanao are endless

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The formation or creation of Bangsamoro is believed to be the solution to the chaos and disorder, terrorism and killings that characterized present-day Mindanao in southern Philippines. Peace, prosperity as well as economic growth and development are expected to reign.

Observers think good things will happen in Mindanao

Observers say varied but interesting analysis about things that will accrue to Mindanao after the peace agreement that was agreed upon by both negotiators on both camps of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). This historic event was done in Malaysia and brokered by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
Analysts are convinced that after 40 years of conflict, the MILF leaders are already in the sunset of their lives and eager to enjoy genuine results from the years of failed peace negotiations.

Other more important matters for the military to attend to if deal is attend

Speaking for the armed forces, Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, opined that if the objectives of the peace deal is attained it would give the military the chance to focus their resources to the task of depending the country’s territory in a dispute with Beijing over the Scarborough Shoal issue.
The deal could usher in economic growth as the Philippines shrugs off its laggard reputation with strong growth and a revival in investor interest.

Huge royalties

The prospect of huge royalties from virgin deposits of oil, gas and mineral resources in rebel territories is a big motivating factor for the Muslim leaders. The preceding is said to be a part of $312 billion estimated total of Mindanao’s mineral wealth. Mitra Energy Ltd has joined with France’s Total to search for gas and oil deposits in the Sulu Sea.
Citing issues about Muslim Mindanao’s poor infra, health and education services, Steve Rood of Asia Foundation, said the deal is unlikely to effect immediate impact on the economy of Mindanao.
He suggested investors should focus in the agricultural and tourism sectors, where Mindanao could become the focal point in the manufacture of halal products. Halal products are those prepared under Islamic guidelines and the industry is valued at around $2,1 trillion.


Bangsamoro, will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It will have a "ministerial" form of government.
Bangsamoro and its territorial jurisdiction is said to cover 5 provinces under the existing autonomous region, including parts of Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato provinces. Its official determination as a new autonomous region will be the subject of a plebiscite which will be done right after the passage of the organic law.
Teresita Quintos-Deles mentioned that the southern cities of Isabela and Cotabato may also be covered by the new entity. Deles is presidential peace adviser
Powers that will accrue to Bangsamoro include the right to impose taxes, to cut central government subsidies, a bigger share in revenues from natural resources and a more active role in internal security.
But the powers of defense and security, foreign policy, monetary policy, citizenship and naturalization will remain an exclusive powers of the Philippine government,

President Benigno Aquino III

"This framework agreement paves the way for a final, enduring peace in Mindanao," Aquino said. "This means that hands that once held rifles will be put to use tilling land, selling produce, manning work stations, and opening doorways of opportunity for other citizens."

Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr.

“While much work remains, successful implementation of this agreement would improve security, stability, and development for the people of Mindanao,” US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said.

EU High Rep Catherine Ashton

The European Union likewise praised the development, calling it “a major step towards a long-lasting peace in Mindanao, which will lead the island to stability and prosperity.”
“The EU, as a member of the International Monitoring Team and major development partner in poverty alleviation in Mindanao since 1990, will continue to lend its full support,” said Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

UK Foreign Sec. William Hague

“The agreement has the potential finally to end the long-running conflict. Full implementation of the agreement by 2016 can bring about peace, security, and development. That will be good not only for Mindanao, but for the whole of the Philippines,” UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

British Amb. Stephen Lillie

“We have been showing our support since the ICG (International Contact Group) was formed in 2009, and we will continue to be supportive,” British Ambassador Stephen Lillie said

Japanese Embassy

“Japan strongly hopes that both parties will steadily implement the contents of the Framework Agreement and continue their persistent negotiation efforts towards the early realization of the final agreement,” the statement from the Japanese embassy said.

Bishop Martin Jumaod

“I welcome the move because it is a step to peace. We have suffered a lot and any small step to peace is a sign of hope and peace”, Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said.

Archbishop Orlando Quevedo

“As a Cotabateño and a religious leader, I pray for you and your efforts to establish a just and lasting peace in our region,” Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo said.

Fr, Angel Calvo

“We will all gain from a permanently peaceful Mindanao, because terrorism and warlordism shall be diminished. It will open wider the doors of trade and tourism with neighboring Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to the great benefit of Mindanao, if not the entire country,” Basilan-based Claretian priest Fr, Angel Calvo said.

PCCI Bronx Hebrona

“The peace dividend that will ensue will undoubtedly positively impact not only the business climate but eventually the quality of life of all Mindanaoans,” regional governor for Southwestern Mindanao of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Bronx Hebrona said.


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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this article. I've learned a lot that I did not know.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
15th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you ~ for sharing this great post ~ N. C.

Richest Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
15th Sep 2015 (#)

Awesome post Pare!

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Sep 2015 (#)

Interesting perspective of s troubled area.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
16th Sep 2015 (#)

PETER, thanks for your moderation help.
NANCY, I'm happy to know you learn things about Mindanao.
HELEN, I hope you've picked up something positive about this piece. God bless!
FERN, Pare thanks for bothering yourself to read this post.
MADAN, let's hope something positive comes out of this move.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
12th Dec 2015 (#)

Manong, havent seen you for a while though I also been out for about 4 months already nly to be greeted by chamges here in Wiknut. What's your take on Rodrigo Duterte?

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