The Bangsamoro exists because of a collective desire for the recognition of our rights and a shared prayer for development in our homeland that is anchored on just and lasting peace. Social justice is at the heart of the Bangsamoro struggle and its assertion of the right to self-determination, and is indispensable if we are to win the peace within our community.
We cannot achieve social development and social justice if there is no peace and security, and if there is no regard for basic human rights and fundamental freedoms.
As we continue to face the challenges of a global pandemic, on the World Day of Social Justice, we highlight the pursuit of novel approaches in achieving sustainable development, poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, universal social protection, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all.
The need for connectivity in the increasing emphasis on our interdependence pushes us to pursue ways to maintain open lines of communication while working to keep our communities afloat. Consequences linked to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to remote arrangements that have blurred the lines separating our social spaces, further reinforcing the need to consciously acknowledge and respond to the needs of those who are often marginalized in our communities.
The Office of the Minority Floor Leader continues in its efforts to amplify the voices and achieve relevant and meaningful reforms for the Bangsamoro people, especially as we pursue a political transition. As our global community commemorates the World Day of Social Justice, we commit to the goals we have always strived to achieve. We commit to winning our people’s struggle for just and lasting peace while building a better future for our communities.