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BJE and the question of independent statehood

Is the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE), proposed in the unsigned Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), a sovereign independent nation-state separate from the Philippine state? Will it mean the territorial dismemberment of the country? These are among the worst fears about the MOA-AD and its BJE splashed or aired over the Philippine media. Let us try to “tackle this issue in an intelligent and dispassionate manner,” guided by truth, reason and justice.

A chance for jurisprudence on giving peace a chance

The new cases in the Supreme Court (SC) resulting in the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the about-to-be-signed Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) is an opportunity for the first-ever Philippine jurisprudence on the matter of peace processes, particularly peace negotiations and agreements between the government and a major rebel group. It is a chance to have Philippine jurisprudence (i.e. a Supreme Court ruling) which hopefully speaks of giving such peace processes a chance to reach a negotiated political settlement of their armed conflict.

“Belligerency status” concept is obsolete

A specter is haunting the unsigned Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) – the specter of “status of belligerency.” It is about time, even long overdue, to lay this obsolete concept to rest in the Philippines, as it is already “resting in peace” in the rest of the civilized world of modern international law.

GRP-MILF peace agreements and human rights

There is no truth to the hysterics that the unsigned Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)-Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) is “bereft of respect for civil and human rights” and that its proposed Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) shall possess and exercise “absolute powers without any of the civilized limitations in the Bill of Rights…” One has just to look mainly at the “Terms of Reference” (TOR) at the start of the MOA-AD.