Bangsamoro law can help global fight vs extremism: peace advocate

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2017 05:18 PM | Updated as of Oct 06 2017 01:20 PM

MANILA - The passage of a law that will end a four-decade-long Muslim insurgency in the southern Philippines can boost the world's fight against violent extremism, a peace advocate said Thursday.

Economic and social reforms under the Bangsamoro Basic Law can help deter terrorists' recruitment from the grassroots, according to experts at ANC's Bangsamoro and Beyond Forum, which will air on Oct. 19.

"The rise of ISIS has shown us more than ever, whether its people inspired by them, whether there are people that see the possibility of mass violence, in community places, we've seen Las Vegas this week," said Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies executive director Emma Leslie.

Leslie was referring to a shooting rampage on the Las Vegas strip that left at least 58 people killed.

"Of course even though not all of those are Islamic extremists, extremists in general see the possibility to create terror," she said.

A successful implementation of the BBL can set an example for unity, she said.

"What the world needs is a whole lot of compassion and together we can stand up against that kind of threat," she said.

President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the passage of the BBL, which will grant wider autonomy to the predominantly Muslim south.

At the same time, security forces are fighting Islamic-state inspired extremists in Marawi City, which they have occupied for nearly 5 months.