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Roxas won’t impede forthcoming peace deal in Mindanao – MILF

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Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

OZAMIZ CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) believes that Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas will not be a thorn in the path of the projected peace agreement with the government.

In a statement issued in reaction to Roxas’ appointment, the MILF said Roxas – who now holds one of the most influential Cabinet positions – may have a different view of the peace process this time, unlike in 2008, during which, he proved to be one of the stumbling blocks to peace.

In 2008, Roxas was among those who petitioned the Supreme Court to nullify the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain, which was forged by MILF and government negotiators.

The High Court sided with the petition and declared the MOA-AD – which would have given the MILF a larger area of control under an autonomous setup — as unconstitutional.

“Roxas could have a different view now of peacemaking in Mindanao especially that he is part of the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III, who has committed to finding political resolution to the Moro and communist insurgencies in the country,” the MILF said.

The rebel group said the final peace deal was now in sight and that “we believe no sensible person would oppose (it).”

Government and MILF negotiators have targeted the signing of a peace pact within this year.

“In fairness to him [Roxas], he is not a cheap leader or politician. He simply did not see the need for the MOA-AD’s signing, as others saw it,” the MILF added.

The rebel group said Roxas’ political ambitions in 2016 could also restrain him from “offending openly the Moros” by adopting positions that would have a negative impact on the peace process.


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Tags: Manuel "Mar" Roxas , MILF , Mindanao , Mindanao peace process , Politics


  • TuwadNaDaan

    May tama ka…..

  • kluckpunb

    Magkano inabot na pera ni Mar Roxas kay Rep Boyet Gonzales para purihin siya nito ng walang pag-aalinlangan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

     Ito ay hindi papuri kay Mr. Mar Roxas but a reminder how to deal with MILF otherwise you’ll risk your political ambition on 2016 in autonomous region in Mindanao.

  • wanluna

     The idea of MILF to have peace is to have moooore land so that they can do their own thing. and to them everyone who opposes to give away Philippine sovereignity to Islamic rebels are “opponents” of peace. I hope that Mr. Roxas will find the courage and the political will to run after these rebels who are the real opponents of peace. No to dividing Mindanao, No to giving away more land and autonomy to Muslim separatists, No to Sharia law in the Philippines!!

  • Hialios

    Di pa rin nakakamove-on sina Mar Roxas at Korina Sanchez sa pagkapanalo ni VP Binay.Kelan balak magmove-on teh?

  • KulongKa

    Tigilan na ng ibang tao ang pagkukumpara kina Mar at Robredo.Wala sa kalingkingan ni Jesse
    si Mar!

  • AktingGMA

    Sec. Roxas requested that the hearing on his confirmation be rescheduled from Sept.12 to 19. Astig talaga ang mokong na si Mar. Feeling VIP.

  • Guest

    Kahit saang anggulo tignan,wala talagang tsinelas leadership si Mar Roxas.Mas maganda kung
    tsinelasin sa mukha nyan!

  • Guest

    Bantayan si Mar Roxas sa DILG, bantayan ang budget na gagamitin siya sa eleksyon sa 2013.

  • Pandakekok

    Nakuha ni Mar Roxas ang inaasam niyang DILG post. Ready na siyang gamitin ito para sa 2013 at 2016 elections

  • justicegay

    Dear Mar Roxas, accept defeat and move on. People are tired of your endless whining about Binay.

  • KamyAngBoss

    Reminder to Roxas and Abaya: You cannot dispense with you official duties unless both of you are confirmed by the CA. Understand?!

  • Kolum_Neestah

    Aminin man nila o hindi, gagamitin at gagamitin ni Roxas ang DILG post para mapalakas ang LP sa 2013 and 2016 elections will be erased. Tiyak yun!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HXTJ23VGOTD63SQS6ED7JM3KWU Magister Templi

    There will be no peace in Mindanao if it does not include in its consideration the Christian majority who will not remain passive when they are pushed into the extremity. The MILF should not deceive themselves regarding this. If the so called peace will prove to  ” rest in peace” to the just interest of the Christians of Mindanao and Basilan we  will respond with a just war that will torn this country’s unity into shreds and whose victims will include the traitors among the Tagalogs. This is our solemn vow.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

      Solemn vow, tear country to shreds, respond with just war. Wow what an ego you have. Mr. tough guy with his one man army. Face it your a no body like the rest of us just posting our opinions.  When I was last in Manila I saw many Muslims. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the country. Millions of Filipinos have converted back. Ok solemn vow take a deep breath and relax.



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