Confirming the observation of the keen observers of the Mindanao war that has reached almost half a century without concrete solution, MNLF Peace Panel Chairman Reverend Absalom Cerveza has recently pointed out that neither ARMM nor BBL can guarantee 'just and lasting peace' in Filipino-colonized Mindanao.
But only suppressed by artificial remedial measures anchored on autonomy, such as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)-centered ('Bangsamoro') prospect," Reverend Cerveza has quoted Chairman Prof. Nur Misuari stressing the political reality.
Reverend Cerveza also revealed that the MNLF chairman has also cited the central reason why the powerful 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has rejected from inception the Cory Aquino government-created ARMM and the present BBL project of the present Aquino administration.
has viewed the two Philippine autonomous versions as not likely to attain peace in Mindanao and to finally end the decades-long Filipino-Moro war in the occupied territory.
The pan Islamic global body has always contended that the permanent solution to the Mindanao war is the full and correct implementation of the September 2, 1996 MNLF-OIC-GRP Jakarta Peace Agreements that included the letter and spirit of the 1976 Tripoli Peace Agreement.
Addressing together the gathering of freedom fighters during the March 18, 2015 celebration of Bangsamoro Freedom Day that inspired the foundation of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) due to the infamous Jabidah massacre of Muslim youth trainees in Corrigidor Island by Filipino military soldiers, Reverend Cerveza on his part also revealed his intimate conversation with former Vice-President Emmanuel Pelaez in 1987.
As a member of the MNLF delegation, Reverend Cerveza
has accompanied the MNLF chairman in attending several Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) meetings in the past to personally understand the controversial problem.
While serving as Philippine Ambassador to the United States and concurrently GRP Peace Panel Chairman under the coup-wracked government of President Corazon C. Aquino in 1987, former Philippine Vice-President Emmanuel Pelaez intimated to Reverend Cerveza his earnest desire to solve the Mindanao war.
- Reverend Absalom Cerveza