Bangsamoro (MNS Photo)

Bangsamoro (MNS Photo)

MANILA, Mar 27 (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday said he is hopeful the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will bring progress in Mindanao.

“I am hopeful that with this act of unity and goodwill, we will finally usher in a new era of genuine and equitable growth and development for our Muslim brothers and sisters and the people of Mindanao,” the Vice President said in a statement from The Hague in The Netherlands.

The Vice President said the “historic” signing of the CAB is but the first step in the long and determined journey to peace and progress in Mindanao, as he urged all Filipinos to support the agreement.

“The support and participation of the people as we move forward will be crucial in the success of our undertaking,” he said. “May this pact also remind us that we are all Filipinos, regardless of color or religion – one nation, one people – working together to build a better nation and a better life for everyone.”

The CAB brings together all the major agreements signed by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the course of 17 years of negotiations, including the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the four Annexes.

The CAB also serves as basis for the Bangsamoro Basic Law being drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission.

The Vice President is in The Hague as President Benigno S. Aquino III’s representative to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. (MNS)