Film showing, photo exhibit mark second anniversary of CAB signing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 March) – A photo exhibit, a film showing, and presentation of plaques of appreciation will mark the observance of the second anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The CAB was signed by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the gardens of Malacanang on March 27, 2014 but the OPAPP’s anniversary activity will be held on March 28 at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City with the theme “Stand up for Peace! Long live the CAB!”

The activity will start at 1 p.m. but at 10 in the morning, a series of short films produced under “The Long Reach of Short Films- Telling Stories of Peace in Mindanao” supported by forumZFD –Civil Peace Service will be shown, along with other films on the Bangsamoro.

The photo exhibit on the ill effects of war as well as the efforts to bring about peace will be open for public viewing by 10 a.m.

The press release from the OPAPP said plaques of appreciation will be presented to “the peace mechanisms, past chairs of the negotiating panels, and other local and international actors involved in the Bangsamoro peace process.”

Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, will be at the event along with representative/s of the MILF Central Committee, GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel_Ferrer; Mohagher Iqbal, MILF peace panel chair and chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission; members and representatives of the ceasefire mechanisms, mechanisms under the program for Normalization; representatives of the Third-Parties in the GPH-MILF peace process and the Diplomatic Corps.

“Other expected guests include Members of the National Peace Council, people from the academe, religious communities, security sector, civil society, indigenous people organizations, and Royal Houses,” the OPAPP said.

Under the CAB, a new autonomous political entity called the “Bangsamoro”  is supposed to be set up by 2016 but Congress adjourned on February 3 without passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law.  (MindaNews)