Comprehensive Agreement On Bangsamoro (Cab)

- December 06, 2020

The Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) is a final peace agreement signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on March 27, 2014 at The Malaca-ang Palace in Manila. [1] As part of the agreement, Islamic separatists would hand over their firearms to a third party chosen by the rebels and the Philippine government. MilF has agreed to decommission its armed wing, the Islamic Armed Forces of Bangsamoro (BIAF). In exchange, the government would establish an autonomous Bangsamoro. Power-sharing has been a central point for the overhaul of autonomy. The CAB is a five-page, 12-point document that constitutes the final peace agreement between the GPH and MILF. On 24 January 2014, Miriam Coronel Ferer, the Philippine government`s chief negotiator, and Mohagher Iqbal, the philippine`s chief negotiator, signed a peace agreement in Kuala Lumpur. The agreement would pave the way for the creation of the new Muslim autonomous entity called Bangsamoro, according to a law that must be approved by the Philippine Congress. HD began advising the Malaysian mediator, MILF and the government on the peace process in 2007. After the failure of the Agreement on the Ancestral Domain in 2008, HD contributed to the cooperation of the International Contact Group (ICG), which was officially launched in November 2009 to advise and support both sides and the Malaysian moderator in the discussions. Since December 2009, THE HD has sent representatives to each roundtable and held regular bilateral talks with representatives of each party. In addition to Huntington`s disease, the ICG is made up of the governments of Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Kingdom, as well as international non-governmental organizations: Resources, Muhammadiyah and The Community of Sant`Egidio (original member of the Asia Foundation, which then joined the third-party monitoring team in 2013).

On 27 March 2014, the Philippine government and MILF signed the Bangsamoro Comprehensive Agreement (CAB), the culmination of peace efforts and talks that began in 1997 between the two sides. This peace agreement is based on an earlier agreement, the Bangsmoro Framework Agreement (FAB), signed by both sides in October 2012, and its four annexes. Instead of bringing Muslim leaders together, the agreement fragmented the MNLF[13] because some groups within the group preferred independence to autonomy. Thus, a group of officers led by Hashim Salamat[14] disbanded and founded the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to continue its armed struggle for an independent Bangsamoro (Moro Nation) nation in Mindanao.

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