ARMM businessmen urge speedy signing of peace pact
The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Business Council (ABC) wants the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to immediately sign a final peace agreement as a means to neutralize the threat posed by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM).
Datu Haron Bandila, ABC chairman, said the offensives launched by the BIFM have been affecting the business community.
“We want a final peace agreement that would also address the problems posed by this group. The business sector in the ARMM is worried by this turn of hostile events,” said Bandilla.
Bandila said the business sector in the impoverished Muslim region strongly condemns the attacks, noting this happened at a time when Muslims observe the holy month of Ramadhan.
By signing a final peace agreement, Bandila said the government and the MILF “can become accountable or responsible to look after lawless groups” that disrupts the peace in the area.
Ricardo Juliano Jr., Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president for Mindanao, lauded the government and the MILF for trying to resolve the conflict on the negotiating table than in the battlefield.
A final peace agreement in the long run would augur well for Mindanao’s business community, he said