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Peace talks with MILF not going fast enough, gov’t laments

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Chief government peace negotiator Marvic Leonen

The peace talks with the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have moved forward but are not proceeding as fast as the government would like, according to the chief government negotiator after the close of the 24th “formal exploratory talks” in Malaysia last Wednesday.

“The government was earnest in moving towards the crafting of a peace agreement. That would have been the best move forward for both panels,” Marvic Leonen said in a statement, expressing concern over “the very slight movement in the negotiations.”

The talks “have inched forward but not fast enough,” he said.

Leonen and Teresita Quintos-Deles, the presidential adviser on the peace process, did not reply to text queries on why the “slight” movement in the negotiations would be a cause for concern.

In his remarks at the end of the talks, Leonen said he went to Malaysia with a full delegation, including the panel members, secretariat and the heads of the government ceasefire mechanisms.

‘To achieve and resolve’

“We have laid our cards on the table… We want to achieve and resolve as many of the outstanding issues as possible,” he said.

“We have mentioned principled, just, political opportunities and strong foundations for a long-standing solution to the Bangsamoro question during the negotiations as government’s firm commitment to the peace process,” he said.

In a joint statement, the government and MILF peace panels said the latest round of talks in Kuala Lumpur had paved the way for “constructive discussions on substantive issues.”

“Among the issues initially discussed were the concept of governance and the listing of reserved powers of the national government, as contained in their respective drafts,” read the joint statement signed by Leonen and his rebel counterpart, Mohagher Iqbal.

“Both parties clarified their positions, tentatively identified areas of common ground and agreed to consult with their principals on outstanding issues. They also considered drafting road maps towards a resolution of the Bangsamoro question,” the statement read.

Leonen said the Aquino administration would be intensifying the implementation of reforms in the Autonomous Region in

Muslim Mindanao while it waits for substantial developments in trying to reach an agreement with the MILF.

“While the negotiations are ongoing, the government will go full blast with its other option—continuing the transformation of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” he said.

The government and the rebels agreed to meet again in February for the next round of negotiations.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702468735 Jose Camano

    hahhaa.. whoever entertains the idea that the MILF/MNLF and its proxy the abu sayaf are interested in peace is a real dreamer… where have you seen a liberation movement that catapulted to its own enemy when its objective is to carve out for its own state?

  • MarcoAgustin

    The MILF leads the GOVT by the nose …just like the leash on a carabao. I am dismayed why the GOVT agrees on having the ‘Peace Talks’ in Malaysia. And Malaysia is a well known supporter of the secessionists from day one.  Its is MALAYSIA’s proxy war with the PHILIPPINES due to the issue of SABAH. It is in MALAYSIA’s interest that MINDANAO be mired in violence so that the PHILIPPINES has no more energy on pursuing its claims on SABAH.  Yung mga Muslim na Pinoy – ginagago lang kayo ng Malaysia …nagpapagamit kayo.

  • richand3838

    Perhaps to fast track this talks on autonomy both sides should agree on what model to adopt with some refinements.  A good model for them to consider is the one successfully adopted by China on the case of Hongkong, Macau and Mongolia which they aptly called Special Administrative Region. This model calls for total disarmament of all armed force on the part of the rebels.  They will only be allowed to maintain a police force for police duty in which the Governor has total control. And this police force will not be allowed to possess heavy armaments like cannons, tanks and RPG,s.And likewise, the inhabitants of the region will not participate in national elections for president and senators to insulate them from the dirty politics of national officials. To prevent these region from seceding, the national government will maintain a military base in the region in which the Governor has no power to command but only the president of the republic.

  • http://twitter.com/brto77 cordero robert

    bkit pa kaylangan ng peace talks?kng ang milf/mnlf mismo ang sisira sa usapang pang kapayapa an.?marami na ang nlagas sa mga sundalo dhil sa peace talks na yan.hndi ba npapansin ng gobyerno na namamantala sila sa gnung para an.?panahon na para AFP naman ang umaksyon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Kung di ba namang tanga’t kalahati itong tiyanak na Leonen.
    Sa lahat ng hinihingi ng mga bandidong ito, para pa tayong alila na nagmamaka-awang tanggapin na nila ang kasunduan. Hahamakin ang lahat para lang makuntento itong mga muklong ito.
    Taga Zambo ako, at alam na alam ko ang asal nitong mga rebeldeng Muslim na ito.
    Rule # 1: Never turn your back to them.
    Rule # 2: Never trust them.
    Biased na kung biased pero kahit sinong Kristyanong taga dito, tanunggin nyo.
    Itaga mo sa bato na iisahan ka at ta-traydorin ka ng mga namumundok na Muslim sa bawat pagkakataon.



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