MILF Returns Firearms and
ManHeeLee in Mindanao
For the sake of peace, MILF(Moro Islamic Liveration Front) returns fi rearms
At the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace, Supreme Court Justice Sheikh Khalifa B. Nando of MILF who signed on the agreement of the enactment of an international law for peace has agreed that it is necessary to collaborate efforts of people to amend such legislation and pledged to work together for such cause.
In his congratulatory message, he stated, “Mr. Man Hee Lee and his delegation are here now to show the world that they are advocates of peace.
As we learned from chairman of HWPL, ManHe Lee’ s speech, I hope and pray that there will be no more war between the Bangsamoro and the Philippine Government.
Many of us (Bangsamoro) have already lost our lives, relatives, and properties because of war.
We should remember the thousands of lives lost due to the war in Middle-East and we hope we can never be like them. I sincerely thank the delegation who came from Korea in the name of peace for initiating this peace movement in the land of Mindanao. I thank God that He has allowed us to have this peace talks and take a big step forward to bring forth peace soon.”
In this regard, in June 2015, In this regard, in June 2015, after the visit of HWPL Peace Delegation, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) handed over its first batch of weapons aimed at marking the group’ s commitment to end the armed conflict.
Moreover, 145 of its soldiers in the first phase of decommissioning represents MILF’ s symbolic gesture to leave the wounds of the war behind and walk towards the lasting peace together.
Although negotiations between the Philippine government and MILF were going on for 17 years and were agreed in October 2012 to establish a framework for a peace accord, the Mindanao conflict has continued to plague the region.
However, after the Mindanao Peace Agreement was conducted by ManHee Lee on January 24th 2014, the government and rebel group finally signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in March, two months after the peace agreement
was completed, to proceed to work on the Basic Law to create a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Mohagher Iqbal, the rebel group’ s chief peace negotiator said in an interview, “It took five Presidents and 17 years to bring peace. This is for the sake of having real peace in Mindanao. We saw that the way going to war is not good. All of us suffer. What we need now is to go on the road leading to peace.”
As seen in the achievement in Mindanao, HWPL is at the forefront of the conflict resolution and peace movement, influencing individuals, communities, and governments. HWPL’ s progressive approach to bring forth peace through presenting peace agreement has demonstrated that it provides an effective way to cease conflicts and promote a peaceful world.
MILF Returns Firearms and Man Hee Lee in Mindanao
- The Peace Line