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Aquino expects final peace pact with MILF soon

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

RUSSKIY ISLAND,  VLADIVOSTOK, Russia –President Benigno Aquino III is confident of signing a peace agreement with Muslim rebels in the next few months with Malaysia’s leader, whose government was brokering the talks  between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), keen on attending the event.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said that in a bilateral meeting with Malaysia Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak this Sunday morning, the President conveyed his “expectation that the peace process could be finalized in the next couple of months.”

“In that event, the Prime Minister of Malaysia had expressed the desire to be present at the signing,” said del Rosario.

Del Rosario said the President thanked Razak for Malaysia’s “continuing leadership” as a peace facilitator and praised how effective Malaysia’s brokering of the peace talks.

“He’s (Razak) been described as an honest broker and very proactive,” said del Rosario.

Last Saturday, the Philippine peace panel of negotiation successfully ended  four days of  exploratory talks with the MILF in Kuala Lumpur. Philippine chief negotiator Marvic Leonen and MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal reported in a joint statement that they “reached substantive gains in the negotiations” through the facilitation of Malaysia.”

Aside from Malaysia’s key role in the peace talks, del Rosario said Malaysia has also reiterated its support  to the Philippines’ position for a regional stand on the territorial dispute with China on islands straddling the West Philippine Sea border.`

`There was a very good discussion on how to be constructive in terms of addressing the challenge of the West Philippine Sea and I think, what was decided on that the code of conduct would be encouraged in terms of finalization and then we will  to try to move this forward,” said del Rosario.

The President and Razak also discussed trade issues to enhance the traffic of goods between the Philippine and Malaysia.

After Malaysia, the President also met with the Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang where the two discussed their mutual interest on China’s alarming moves to take control of islands beyond its borders.

“It was a very good meeting. It was a renewal of the deep friendship between our two countries and the common challenges that we face in terms of the disputes in the West Philippine Sea,” said del Rosario.

“We are looking at initiatives to be able to cooperate more closely with each other in terms of dealing with the challenge that faced both of us. Vietnam has been a partner of the Philippines,” he added.


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Tags: Insurgency , Malaysia , MILF , Peace Talks , President Benigno Aquino III


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKPNHSPBMK74VZ3GBIPNTJA7KE Edwin

    there will be no permanent peace unless mindanao will be separated from the Philippines

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZF7VNMHTQ42UM5HGJUV37STELY arn

       there will be…

    • dontmesswidme

      2edwin sira yata ulo mo

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000162248074 Daffy Dimaporo

        @#$%^&*

    • dontmesswidme

      wat do u think mindanao is from muslim MILF?? pls study your homework ,,,u must read and learn a lot…

  • RiverHorse

    basta huwag lang ibenta o ipamigay ang mindanao tulad na gustong mangyari ni arroyo noon.

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

    Ibigay ang Spratlys sa Intsik…
    Ibibigay pa ang Mindanao sa mga rebelde.
    Parang kendi lang na tinatapon.
    Kawawng Pilipinas; yan ay kung may matitira pa.

  • alfonso rico

    Our forebears sacrificed so much to keep our identity as Filipinos and as a Nation. Yet, we have been doing everything to dismember our country and erase our identity as a Nation of Filipinos. Nawala na ang “isang bansa, isang lahi, isang diwa. Tuwing may umalsa, binibili natin at pinagbibigyan, mali man o tama ang pinaglaban, para lang tumahimik. Mula pa ng magkaroon ng Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM), ng MNLF, at ngayun MILF, iisa lang ang kanilang sinisigaw “territorial exclusivity, self-governance, economic independence, and, their own security force. Lahat ng mga iyan ay pinagbigyan at pinag-gagawa pa’ng politiko mga leader nila na wala namang ginawa kundi mag nakaw sa kaban ng bayan. Palabas na ang MILF at papasok naman sa eksena ang Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) ni Ameril Umbra Kato(k). Iisa lang ang pinangagalingan ng mga iyan paibaiba lang ng pangalan.  At, ang utak naman ng mga namumuno ng bayan natin ay iisa din, pagbigyan para tumahimik ang umalsa at magka-pogi points pa! We cannot buy peace because it is UNQUANTIFIABLE, di nyo ba alam yan?  

    • AnakSugPakainKaw

      Our forefather sacrificed so much to keep our identity as a BANGSAMORO and as a Nation (MINDANAO). Yet, we have been doing NOTHING to member our MINDANAO and erase our BANGSAMORO identity as a Nation of FOOLS….We CAN buy peace because it is COSTLESS, MORAL, UP-RIGHT, ETHICAL, LOGICAL, PROPER and EASY kung alam mo lang.

      • beerhunters

        “Moro” refers to the dark skinned islamic people from north africa(Morrcco, Mauritania, Algeria) that once ruled southern spain and should not be applied to the indonesian-malayan race to which filipinos belong. The spanish conquistadores brought the word and just loosely applied this to the brown indo-malayan people of the islamic faith. Brush-up on your local/world history, geography and anthrophology! The effect of the stinky smegma in your cranium put in by your mullahs, imams, ayatollahs, shieks, calphs is showing

      • AnakSugPakainKaw

        Deer, It seems you are now talking with sense. However, a little bit mis-informed. True, we are called Moro by the spanish conquistadores when they saw that the people of southern Philippines is the same bravery, valor, physical prowess and courage that shown to the spanish by the Moors of Morocco.

        A little bit history of Bangsa Moro for you below:

        All the monickers assigned to the natives, Indio, Moro and Filipino were given by the Spaniards. History should credit them for giving us all these names, either out of hatred or by reasons of similarities, or by force of circumstances, or by all of the above.

        But destiny had it – and irreversibly – that the Moro had always been so called since he crossed path with the Spaniards in 1578. It was a tag that was chosen for him by his enemy, not by himself. But unlike Filipino which signifies allegiance, nay subservience, to Spain, his name was the result of animosity and warfare – and resistance to foreign pressure. If Filipino was the child of colonialism, Moro was the offspring of anti-colonialism. Therefore, we are proud to be a Moro.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.anyarf Anyarf Simon

    the mindanao problem was worse when the very soft cory aquino gave out so much power / autonomy to MILF militants to the extent that many places in mindanao became under full military control of the MILF and here comes noynoy aquino who seems to follow cory’s idea.. tiyak masaya ngayon ang MILF.. they know that the aquino’s want to end the mindanao problem at whatever cost and they can ask everything.. a quick fix solution, which is not benificial to philippine government..

  • Phenoy

    There will be no ‘final’ peace pact with the Muslims. First the MNLF got their land, now MILF. Next one is what, MALF (Moro Al-Qaeda Liberation Front)? They will not stop until the whole Philippines becomes Muslim.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z45GY76VMUKZ4WSXXKODZI2FRM Lambert

      no way jose…..gera kung gera…ano sila sinswerte….hahahaha.

      ngayon pa supisdicated ang pilipinas sa mga eroplano at armas.

      ano ito…takutan? P-noy never ever sign the peace pact pag gusto nila sa kanila ang buong mindanano.

      bigyan mo nang 100 hectares …period.

    • Donald Sanver

      Well said. Your leaders are deceiving you if they promise this pathetic compromise means peace. No peace with Muslims.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PPUPSBWP2WEBCCPGHRY54UCTOM Anne Torre

    MNLF… MILF… next?… BIFF… ABU SAYYAF… infinity.

  • robrano

    to Anyarf Simon

    Cory was not so soft. Just look what happened at Luisita. But Cory gave away these provinces in exchange for blocking, boycotting and cheating the snap elections. That was why she went hiding in a monastery when this deal was reported by the media,
    Noy will make peace, for a while, by making these provinces a sub-state with own laws and rules, own police, sharia  etc. But sooner or later, they will take whole Mindanao, no matter the majority are Christians. They can obey the muslim  laws or leave, that is all.

    • beerhunters

      “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our Leader, Qur’an is our Constitution, Shariah is our Law, Shadat(martydom) is our Desire, Jihad is our Way, To chop-off the hands and heads of unbelieversINFIDELS wherever we find them is our Bounden Duty.” Allahu Akbar!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z45GY76VMUKZ4WSXXKODZI2FRM Lambert

        burat mo…kami taga putol nang ti….ti nyo

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z45GY76VMUKZ4WSXXKODZI2FRM Lambert

        tang na mo……pag nakita kita putol ti….ti mo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z45GY76VMUKZ4WSXXKODZI2FRM Lambert

    wag ipamigay ang mindanao….sa purong lahi nang pilipino ang luzon…visaya…at mindanao.

    sino ba yang MILF…BANGSAMORO…ATBP.   NA GUSTONG ANKININ ANG ATIN LUPAIN.

    dayuhan lang yan mga yan at gustong maghari sa pilipinas. sila pa ang matapang./

    kapal nyo naman.

    P-inoy wag lagadaan ang peace talk kung ang mga muslim eh gustong kontrolin ang buong mindanao at hawakan ka at ang buong pilipinas sa leeg.

    ano sila siniswerte….GERA KUNG GERA. ano nakukuha ba ang mga pilipino sa takot?

    bear in mind lumaban tayo sa hapon at kastila tabak lang panlaban natin…ngayon pa kaya.

    mas matapang tayo sa mga mandurugas na muslim.

  • Mali_Galig

    unggoy pa lang tayo ay tao na ang mga taga mindanao. nag kataon lang na-naimpluwensyahan sila ng Islam religion that is in conflict with some Christian believers. We should read the history of South Asia then we will figure out kung sino talaga ang may ari nang Mindanao at sino ang nang aagaw.

  • Mali_Galig

    Mindanao have a similar case with Tibet and China. Deep rooted ang lahi nang mga rebelde at mga tao sa  Mindanao. So figure that out? Para bang sinabi ko sa iyo na umalis ka dyan sa lupa mo dahil mas malaki na ang baril ko.



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