Derailing the Peace Process is Countering Reform: KOMPRE’s Statement on the Mamasapano Incident

News Release

Derailing the Peace Process is Countering Reform: 

KOMPRE’s Statement on the Mamasapano Incident

We grieve with the whole nation over the unnecessary bloodshed and lost lives in the Mamapasano tragedy.  We lament the deaths of SAF commandoes, MILF troops and civilians.

We, the Koalisyon ng Mamamayan Para sa Reporma (KOMPRE) call for an in-depth and unbiased investigation into the clash.  All government and military institutions must exact accountability from all responsible—be they from the GPH, MILF, and BIFF forces.

We are firmly against proposals for the postponement of the hearings on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). We reject calls for an all-out war against the MILF. These incendiary proposals run counter to peace and reform and will result in a cycle of bloody conflict and disorder we cannot, as a nation, afford. Derailing the peace process is essentially contradicting the goals for harmony and reform in Mindanao embodied in the BBL.

We urge individuals and groups in the reform movement, actors in the peace process and civil society to collectively stand for the peace process and guard attempts to disrupt the momentum toward a just and lasting peace in Mindanao through the BBL.

We recognize that there are bottlenecks along the route to lasting reconciliation — the Mamasapano incident is one of these — we must face these obstacles with courage and prudence. Let this sorry incident be an impetus for us to perfect the BBL to enable a favorable policy environment for Mindanao. Let the blood of all those that died nurture a culture of peace instead of a culture of war.

We appeal to media to avoid the exploitation of the victims and the sensationalizing of the tragedy to whisk dangerous emotions of hatred and vengeance. Instead, we should calmly await the truth from the investigation and, for now, speak with composure, impartiality, and reason.

The reform movement, more than ever, should and shall push forward on the journey towards an all-out peace in Mindanao. We believe that the government’s reform path aims to lead us towards peace.  The government’s “Tuwid na Daan” is also a “Tuwid na Daan Patungo sa Kapayapaan.”

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