Ladies and gentlemen, for decades, Malaysia has been home to those who sought refuge from this conflict. Thousands fled in search of safety. Generations have grown up on our shores. Far from the land of their ancestors. It is our abiding hope that the agreement gives them a homeland again. For Mindanao, there can be no more lost generations. So I give my assurance to all the people of the Philippines—we will stand with you to make this agreement work.
Today, we are here to celebrate a victory for the Bangsamoro people and the Filipino nation that is shared by the international community and the Muslim world, the victory earned not by war but by that collective desire tempered by the inner nobility of human nature to restore justice and peace to a troubled land. Today, we are here to put an end to the adversarial relationship between the Bangsamoro and the Philippine nation and what makes this more significant and quite touching on our part is that this is happening under the administration of President Noy-Noy Aquino whose martyred father, Senator Ninoy Aquino, and mother, the late President Cory Aquino fought on the same side of the fence with us against the dictatorship that devastated our homeland and the lives of thousands of our people.
One person in this room never gave up hope. From day one of his leadership he seized the peace, forged and hammered it and polished it to its sterling radiance. His mother, our beloved President Corazon C. Aquino, was known throughout the world as an icon of democracy. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, from this day forward, shall be known as the president who made the Bangsamoro possible.. So many challenges await us, but the bridge of trust that spans this room is strong enough to withstand the trials ahead, however difficult they may be. Never again shall we allow that bridge to be undermined, weakened, or destroyed by the forces of greed, avarice, and envy.
An October 15, 2012, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles welcomed the arrival of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, and other foreign dignitaries who will be witnessing the historic signing of the Framework Agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Malacañang today, October 15, 2012.
An October 12, 2012, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said that civil society organizations and individual peace advocates will watch history unfold when the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro is formally signed on Monday at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace.
An October 12, 2012 press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: Filipino-American singer and volunteer peace ambassador apl.de.ap of the world-famous Black Eyed Peas expressed his desire to expand the programs of the Apl Foundation to include school-feeding programs and book donations for school children in Bangsamoro areas.
An October 11, 2012, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: Peace negotiator Yasmin Busran Lao said that the draft Framework Agreement forged by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panels can create positive changes that could last for a lifetime following more than 40 decades of armed conflict in Mindanao.
An October 10, 2012, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: Saying that they had had enough of the tragedies of war, the five governors of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have declared their all-out support behind President Aquino’s initiatives to forge peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
An October 10, 2012, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: Zamboanga City First District Rep. Isabelle Climaco threw her support behind the peace deal forged by the Aquino administration with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and said she was grateful to the government negotiators for respecting “our stand for the non-inclusion” of Zamboanga City in the proposed Bangsamoro that will replace the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao.
An October 9, 2012, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) today said the support of the international community for the recent breakthrough in the country’s peace process has been overwhelming as it expressed gratitude to world leaders and foreign envoys who have welcomed the Framework Agreement reached between the Government of the Philippines and the (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).