1976 Tripoli Agreement Summary

Despite a number of lobbying measures and consultations at the community level, the new version of the BBL received very little support from Parliament. Both houses of Congress manipulated the BTC version and continued to undermine the intention to grant true autonomy to Bangsamoro, the main reason for all previous agreements, in particular the Tripoli agreement. Among the mediators of the agreement were members of the four-page ministerial committee of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, headed by Ali Abdussalam Treki, representing Muammar Gaddafi, head of the host country, and the secretary general of the OIC, Amadou Karim Gaye. [4] Other members of the Quadrangle Ministerial Committee included, in addition to Treki, representatives from Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Somalia. [1] During the negotiations, Marcos noted in his diary that Misuari and Libyan diplomat Ali Treki repeatedly insisted that “all Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan be organized in one region. But they are prepared to put that to a referendum. [8] Marcos was inclined to accept, as he felt that “Palawan, the three Davaos, the two Surigaos, the two Agusans, Southern Cotabato, Bukidnon, the two Misamis, possibly Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and others[8] did not want to be admitted to the autonomous region of Muslims. The day before the agreement was signed, negotiations were stalled and Gaddafi asked Imelda Marcos to return to Libya to speed up the talks. Imelda succeeded by telephone in persuading the Libyan head of state to accept the Philippine president`s proposal to “submit the issue of autonomy to the Philippine constitutional process”[9] for the thirteen provinces. The agreement was signed the next day. More than four decades after the signing of the Tripoli Agreement in 1976, with all the twists and turns in Mindanao`s long-standing peace process, there seems to be no hope that the armed struggle of moro rebel groups will bring considerable gains in the quest for Bangsamoro`s self-determination.

President Marcos agreed to sign a “peace agreement” with the MNLF under the aegis of the Libyan government, then led by Muammar Gaddafi. After a series of meetings with philippine government officials, led by the then first lady, Imelda Marcos, Gaddafi facilitated the signing of the Tripoli Agreement in 1976. The declaration of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos in September 1972 contributed to the continuation of the Moro conflict[2] with Abul Khayr Alonto and Jallaludin Santos, who founded the Moro National Liberation Front with Nur Misuari as president the same year. [5] With the MNLF receiving support from Malaysia and Libya,[6][6] Marcos Muammar al-Gaddafi proposed a lucrative oil deal in exchange for withdrawing support for the MNLF via Malaysia; Misuari brought him to the negotiating table in 1976. [7] On July 27, 2018, President Duterte signed The Republic Act No.