The GRP-MILF Bangsamoro agreement, a precedence for the break-up of the Philippines

MILF rebels in uniform.

After years, the Philippine Government (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have ended negotiations on the framework agreement for Mindanao in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and are set to sign the peace agreement on October 15 that will establish the “Bangsamoro” state within the Philippine territory, President Benigno Aquino II said last Sunday.

The goal of the upcoming peace agreement with the MILF is to create a government that is in conform with the traditions of the minority Filipino Muslims or Moros living in some parts of Mindanao. It would also aim to end the armed struggle by the MILF rebels fighting for an autonomy for almost 20 years. Allowing the Moros to run their basic internal affairs such as education, health, culture, and many others would assure the long-run survival of the Moro identity in the sea of the predominant Christians in the Philippines.

The details of the framework agreements states the creation of the Bangsamoro autonomous political entity to replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It entails the creation of a parliamentary form of government to be headed by a Chief Minister with the ministries who would govern the proposed Bangsamoro autonomous political entity. It gives a way for the implementation of the Shari’ah law in the internal matters in Bangsamoro. It gives the leverage for the Bangsamoro to create its own sources of revenues and to levy taxes, fees, and charges.

The powers that would be reserved for the national government, however, are defense and external security; foreign policy; common market and global trade; coinage and monetary policy; citizenship and naturalization; and postal service.

The upcoming agreement between the Philippine Government (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would open the doors for the restructuring of our system of government through a Constitutional Reform or more known as the Charter Change that would be unlikely in a short-run but likely and necessary in a long-run. The agreement would be just a paper tiger if we stick with the outdated unitary-presidential and protectionist 1987 constitution. It would give a reason for other regions of our country to ask for greater autonomy from the national government in the matters of basic governance with the upcoming agreement as the precedence.

Our national leaders should now realize the nature of our country that is culturally, economically, linguistically, and politically diverse that needs to decentralized the matters of basic governance to the regions instead to be concentrated to the central government. Our faulty unitary system that was installed by the Spaniards have created a series of resentments of almost all Filipinos to the national government due to the latter’s incompetence in running the affairs of various regions that are different to each other.

The agreement between the GRP and MILF would give a reason for other regions including the Bangsamoro to secede from the Philippines especially if our national leaders would try to insist the flawed 1987 constitution in chest. If we really want to preserve our unity as a multicultural country, we need to give all regions a sort of autonomy through federalism in order to avoid a (bloody) break-up of our country in the future.

4 thoughts on “The GRP-MILF Bangsamoro agreement, a precedence for the break-up of the Philippines

  1. Say good bye to Mindanao! Balkanization of the Philippines has begun. First Phase is in motion!

  2. The real reason behind …..are the billion of dollars in natural gas and oil found by american engineers in (Minsupala), Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan….especially in the Liguasan Marsh…..According to experts and the US space agency, the Philippines will be the future middle east because of the abundance of oil…..just hope that the proceeds of which will benefit the nation in paying its debt to the world bank. And not to the pockets of corrupt officials due to privatization….

  3. Magiging kagaya tayo ng Russia balang araw. Baka pati mga Ita at ibang katutubo humingi rin ng autonomy soon.

  4. abolished grp-milf bangsamoro agreement we dont need any agreement what we need one government one army thats the philippines peace panel are victims of general plan of the revel goupe be aware the ploy of an invading ploy

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