MILF, government peace deal must have economic package, says Legarda

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Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—To make peace last in Mindanao, the peace framework agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government must be coupled with economic progress, Senator Loren Legarda said.

“Ink on parchment cannot solve the problem. It will be a long and arduous process. Any peace agreement will not be successful without an economic package,” Legarda said in a statement.

“And it’s not enough that resources are made available. Resources must be translated into jobs, livelihoods, food, education, healthcare, and welfare for the Bangsamoro people,” she added.

The framework agreement, which will be signed Monday, aims to replace the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with a new region to be called Bangsamoro. It also calls for the disarming of all MILF rebels.

Legarda, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Committee on Cultural Communities, said that the agreement is “an opportunity to achieve the long-elusive peace” in the region.

“Let us give peace a chance. Let us explore all possibilities within the bounds of our national sovereignty to achieve the long-elusive peace in Mindanao,” she said.

Legarda pointed out that the long-running conflict in the region has made socio-economic development difficult.

“Mindanao is home to 6 of the 10 poorest provinces and 17 of the 20 poorest municipalities in the country. Armed conflicts since the 1970s have cost at least 120,000 lives and in 2000-2001 alone, 985,412 persons have been displaced,” Legarda said.

“The World Bank estimates that investment deflection not only from conflict-afflicted areas but from Mindanao as a whole increased the economic cost of the Mindanao conflict to more than $10 billion during the years 1975-2002,” she added.

The widely hailed peace framework agreement is an opportunity that should be seized immediately to allow for economic progress, Legarda said.

“With these figures as a backdrop, the prospects for peace and prosperity in Mindanao should be welcomed by all Filipinos. We must grab this opportunity now as it may not come again and commit to the economic component of the peace agreement or it will fail again,” she said.

“This chance may only happen in President Benigno Aquino’s time because of his desire for a sincere, clean, and honest governance,” Legarda said.

She further stated her commitment as senator to help the Bangsamoro people achieve “lasting and durable peace,” in the region.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    sige sawsaw pa…lols…para may masabi lang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    First, let there be peace and order and the economic development will surely follow. Mindanao has all the resources needed for development: hydro power, minerals, agriculture, industries such as steel, cement, cooking oil, paper, etc. and perhaps oil and gas. Mindanao is also nearer to trading hubs like Singapore, Jakarta and Australia.

    All the ingredients necessary for development is in Mindanao, except peace and order which is vital before investments will pour in. Let give peace a chance.

  • jbadge

    Legarda said, “To make peace last in Mindanao, the peace framework agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government must be coupled with economic progress.” Duh… you really have to mention that? Isn’t that one of the biggest issues to be addressed as a condition of the agreement? No need for stating the obvious.

    • guwhen enriquez

      Bobo ang mga na-hire na propagandist ni Loren
      Legarda. Magbasa-basa muna kayo, intindihin ang binabasa n’yo bago kayo
      magkalat ng mali-maling akusasyon kay Chiz. Mga bobo!

      • Guest

        Mga bayaran ni Chiz o, sinisira si Loren. Interesting. 

      • Guest

        Mga bayaran ni Chiz o, sinisira si Loren. Interesting. 

    • Guest

      Ang bastos naman neto. What about the obvious is so wrong? Can you speak for all the people, that this is obvious? What a comment derived from hate. If you don’t support the peace in Mindanao, go on and say so! 

      • jbadge

        Hindi bastos netong comment ko. It is about Legarda on how she tries to be visible by saying things that are not really profound. It is not about the peace process… magbasa ka muna ng mabuti bago ka mag-respond. No hate here, in fact I welcome with open arms the peace agreement.

    • Guest

      Ang bastos naman neto. What about the obvious is so wrong? Can you speak for all the people, that this is obvious? What a comment derived from hate. If you don’t support the peace in Mindanao, go on and say so! 

  • kilabot

    there’s no economic progress in the country. how much more for a place governed by war-freak donkeys? it will create another ampatuan warlords lording over the constituents with religious demagoguery.

  • Oliver82

    Spell EPAL & KUPAL
     

    • Guest

      I agree. Legarda even hired the services of some media people to spread mapanirang text messages against Sen. Escudero. I’m so disappointed with Loren!

      • Guest

        Mga bayaran ni Chiz o, sinisira si Loren. Interesting. Screenshot taken. Libelous to, lalo na kung mag-akusa na walang ebidensya. nako nako. 

      • Guest

        Mga bayaran ni Chiz o, sinisira si Loren. Interesting. Screenshot taken. Libelous to, lalo na kung mag-akusa na walang ebidensya. nako nako. 

  • regd

    Can somebody from PDI change Loren’s photo? Wala na bang iba?. The poor lady looks like a damsel suffering from gonorrhea or an epileptic convulsion and grimacing from side to side. Very distressing.

  • geminimind

    Peace celebrations are still going on but they got nothing to celebrate it with.The urgent need of the hour are hand-outs.Money,food,etc.

  • manual47

    Wow….good synopsis by this naive senator.   Don’t you think that is what this is all about.  Southern part of the Philippines has been fighting for that for a long time.  While you and the rest of officials in the government filling up your pockets, did you even think that there were some people waiting down the south for some help as well to improve their livelihoods.  And now this senator is telling everybody….”oh by the way, this peace agreement should include economic package”
    ……duhhhhhh

    Let’s hope that this “peace agreement” will benefits the people themselves as this is the only way this peace agreement will last.   Otherwise, just think of the alternative….

  • Guest

    Posible. Alam n’yo naman si Loren Legarda, inggitera. Gusto niya lagi siya ang una. Ayaw patalo kay Chiz Escudero. Pero mas gusto ng tao si Chiz kesa kay Loren

    • Guest

      Iyan ang kapalit ng pagsama ni Loren Legrada, as guest candidate ng
      LP-led coalition. Isinama siya ni Mar Roxas sa line up but ang kondisyon,
      basta’t sirain niya si Chiz Escudero.

  • Guest

    FYI: It’s Tito Sotto and Pia Cayetano who inserted the on line libel and take down clause provisions sa cybercrime law, not Chiz. Mukhang nakuryente itong mga propagandists ni Mar and Loren.

  • Guest

    I understand it’s Sen. Loren Legarda who’s behind the proliferation of text messages mudslinging Sen. Chiz Escudero. A source in the Senate confirmed that to me.

    • Guest

      PROOF first, before spreading hearsay like this. I heard that Chiz likes to eat dirt, while rolling in a pot of gold. A source in the Sentate, and the Escudero estate confirmed that to me. 

      So does that make it true, then?  

  • tonying2645

    I think it’s good that Sen. Legarda is actually understanding the plight of these maligned minorities in the far south of our country. I like that she is pushing for reforms that will truly help our moro brothers and sisters.

  • sigelangbro

    Loren Legarda is pushing for the possibility of lasting peace with the Bangsamoro people. In this day and age, I think it is amazing that there is someone who still knows exactly what it means to be a person in a position of power.

  • maraclarared

    She is correct in this aspect. I think that Senator Legarda’s push for economic providence in that region should be lauded, if not followed. We as a people should be unified and brought together.

  • ThePunisher

    There is no doubt in my mind that the creation of bangsamoro is one of the most significant steps that our country has taken to true peace with our moro countrymen and women. I think that Senator Legarda’s efforts in this is nothing short of inspired.

  • ohdannyboy22

    Strength in unity! Progress can only be achieved through a unified front. We should all come together as a people and effectively maximize our potential as a country!

  • carelesskiss

    Pare pareho naman tayong Pilipino eh. Dapat mag samahan tayo at magmahalan sapagkat tayo tayo rin naman ang makikinabang sa lahat ng grasya na angkop sa ating inang bayan. Matagal na dapat natin ginawa ito, at ako’y natutuwa na si Senador Legarda ay may paniniwala at malasakit sa mga kababayan nating naghihirap sa rehiyon na ito.

  • carelesskiss

    Pare pareho naman tayong Pilipino eh. Dapat mag samahan tayo at magmahalan sapagkat tayo tayo rin naman ang makikinabang sa lahat ng grasya na angkop sa ating inang bayan. Matagal na dapat natin ginawa ito, at ako’y natutuwa na si Senador Legarda ay may paniniwala at malasakit sa mga kababayan nating naghihirap sa rehiyon na ito.

  • abbytangco

    Sen Loren Legarda is a true leader! Let’s give them Bangsamoro people a chance to live! lets just help them..

  • abbytangco

    Sen Loren Legarda is a true leader! Let’s give them Bangsamoro people a chance to live! lets just help them..

  • Guest

    People here are missing the point. How can this momentous event in the country’s history, be anything about Chiz Escudero? Tells me a lot about his supporters: that they only care about him winning, rather than there be lasting peace in Mindanao and progress. They would rather watch him win, rather than to support other senators who push for innovations. This is bad taste for Chiz supporters, don’t you think? 

    They soil peace with the Muslims, with false accusations, and finger pointing. In a way, binabastos nyo po ang mga Muslim, kase sa mga mata nyo, mas importante pa manalo si Chiz, kesa magkaruon ng peace deal with Mindanao. Nakakahiyang pilipino. 

  • Guest

    People here are missing the point. How can this momentous event in the country’s history, be anything about Chiz Escudero? Tells me a lot about his supporters: that they only care about him winning, rather than there be lasting peace in Mindanao and progress. They would rather watch him win, rather than to support other senators who push for innovations. This is bad taste for Chiz supporters, don’t you think? 

    They soil peace with the Muslims, with false accusations, and finger pointing. In a way, binabastos nyo po ang mga Muslim, kase sa mga mata nyo, mas importante pa manalo si Chiz, kesa magkaruon ng peace deal with Mindanao. Nakakahiyang pilipino. 

    • Sirena101

      tama ka pare. daming bastos dito. di marunong makilugar. kadiri. mga supporters pa talaga ni chiz. pasensya nalang po talaga sa lahat ng mga muslim at supporters ng bangsamoro na bumabasa sa comment thread. hayaan mo ang mga chiz supporters, wala naman yan silang alam. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2RODHIVUCINBWQKYIMQWZJ62Y Lala

      Easy lang. Kailangan lang ipaalala na may mas importanteng bagay na dapat pagusapan. Hindi naman kailangan lahat tungkol sa siraan. 

  • lapazbatchoy

    I am saddened to admit that I wasn’t even aware of how difficult life was in the bangsamoro region. I think it is in our vested interest as a country to help them have a much more appropriate lifestyle, and Senator Legarda is really paving the way for this.

  • lapazbatchoy

    I am saddened to admit that I wasn’t even aware of how difficult life was in the bangsamoro region. I think it is in our vested interest as a country to help them have a much more appropriate lifestyle, and Senator Legarda is really paving the way for this.

  • Sirena101

    I’d just like to express my joy that the Bangsamoro framework agreement has been passed. I don’t really have a mind for politics, but I do would like to praise the senate, and the cabinet for expediting the process. Thank you po. This is a big day for all Christian and Muslim alike. I hope that we don’t cheapen this day with finger pointing and mudslinging. It’s not fair to our Muslim brothers. :)  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OVZBAALRWNLM2CR5YKZFRETKJQ Denise

    Considering the latent economic potential that lay in the Bangasmoro region, we will be able to create even greater prospects for economic growth as a country with this. We as a people should strive for peace and understanding, as this will help us develop greater potential.

  • benny_tecson

    Give Love! Let us help Bangsamoro peolple! Big day for all Christian and Muslim! Thank you for that!

  • Guest

    I believe in Sen Loren Legarda that Bangsamoro will give peace in mindanao. Buti na lang may ginagawa sya to bring peace in our country.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KFCFFTOYDGAUGFF44GQ5MMLD7Q Steve

    Haaaay. Ganyan na ba talaga pulitika sa Pilipinas ngayon? Political mudslinging nalang. Nawawala atensyon sa mas importanteng bagay. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DO67K6SCM2BGFY7HVJMZ7IYKMU Bernard

    I can only thank people such as senator Legarda for the inception of this. The creation of Bangsamoro is an inspired effort to help our country gain a foothold on lasting peace, and that is exactly what we need to happen.

  • yagit182

    Lets hope na lang na magtuloytuloy ito and magkaroon na talaga ng kapayapaan sa Mindanao. Salamat sa mga tao patuloy na tumutulong na ipatupad at ipalaganap ang kayapaan sa ating bansa :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZFXWPBWZH2HT2R4HUZJOI5BXCY Greg

    Pasalamat naman at may mga pulitiko naman na talagang tumutulong sa ating bansa. Ako’y tauspusong nagpapasalamat na may mga tao katulad ni Sen. Legarda na handang tumulong sa ating bansa.

  • boysamba

    Bakit kailangan pang siraan ang taong may concern na magkaroon ng kapayapaan sa mindanao?hindi ba pwede na maging masaya na lang tayo at pasalamatan ang taong tumutulong magbigay ng kapayapaan sa ating bansa?

  • yulojonathan902

    “Is that really a part of politics now? Mudslinging??” Lets just focus on the positive side.Let us explore all possibilities to achieve the long-elusive peace. We are in one country!

    • $29483279

       I haven’t read anything like you are saying. I looks like you must have read a diffrent news item?

    • $29483279

       I am sorry, yulojon, I read what you are saying at the later part of this forum. I posted my reaction vs them a few minutes ago. Sorry

  • gaylegirl

    Lets just be thankful that finally someone is working to bring peace in mindanao. tayo din naman ang naapektuhan kapag may kaguluhan sa bansa natin db? magtulungan na lang tayo.

    • trixiesuntay

      i agree with you! peace in mindanao :) salamat sa mga taong tumulong :) 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/35BMTDUD5HVCKAFRHIPGDPTOHA Miriam

    This is exactly what we need right now. Hope for a better future as a unified country. Everything is looking up right now, and Senators such as Loren Legarda are directing us to a much more prosperous tomorrow as one nation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TM4IJPVYH5X2X7PQAWN2DQQO6A Henry

     I feel that this is the precedent for bigger and more positive changes in our country. I don’t really understand the need for the slanderous comments made by people regarding the person that is spearheading this though. To be honest, when it comes to something as momentous and wonderful as this we should applaud senators that are actually moving our country in the right direction such as senator legarda.

  • sheilababes

    Sa wakas magkakaroon na ng kapayapaan sa mga kapatid natin sa mindanao,salamat sa mga tumulong at gumawa ng paraan para bigyang kapayapaan ang mindanao :) 

  • ausontiangco

    Finally! It’s a good start for our kababayan out there. Let us support them achieve what they need!

  • jhizon

    Unity is what we need. magpasalamat naman tayo dahil meron pa sa pulitika na tumutulong ibalik ang kapayapaan sa ating bansa.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ORUJEOSYIAJCCZ2RRRPHTYL5HU Damon

    To think that there are other senators out there that aren’t even doing anything at all that merits the position they are in (i.e. a certain senator with a name that sounds like whiz), I find that all the good work that senator legarda has been doing is a breath of fresh air that our country really needs right now.

    • kuneherzzz

      The fact of the matter is that any change will be opposed. It could be because there is some political positioning that is happening. It could also be possible that this is due to some need to derail the possibility of peace so that others will be the ones to usher in this era. This is cannot be accepted. By no means should we allow detractors and lazy do nothings get the better of people such as senator Legarda.

      • Sirena101

         I totally agree. There is a time for politicking, but this is sadly not it. We are now given a chance to create lasting peace with our fellow countrymen and yet there is still some mudslinging going on. There is no need for this. There is greater good in action right now, and we are in a position as a people to facilitate this. We should embrace the change, as this is the hope for a better future in our country. I cannot comprehend why there are still people out there who are trying to derail this thrust when the fact of the matter is that a greater collective prosperity is on the line here.

    • AVAVAOoOAVAVA

       Yeah, people should just stop all the political mudslinging. We are at the precipice of a great movement for peace and unity here. I for one do not appreciate people who are creating a landscape of backstabbing and hate.

  • micopeks

    sa wakas,kapayapaan! salamat at maibabalik n din ang kapayapaang matagal ng inaasam ng ating bansa. magkaisa tayong lahat!

  • mtiamso

    One love! and the rest will be history! So be it! :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2RODHIVUCINBWQKYIMQWZJ62Y Lala

      Agree.

  • mountainprincess

    magkaisa tayo para sa kapayapaan ng ating bansa! :)

  • bowlingman

    kailangan nating magpatuloy na magkaisa para sa kapayapaan sa mga kababayan natin sa mindanao.

  • Oliver82

    Spell EPAL & KUPAL.. easy lng ang puso mo. nakikiride-on lng ang lola mo sa issue.

  • Patotz

    We are now on our way. Creating an environment of peace and a country focused on the collective good is truly the way to go. Much love to all my Muslim brothers and sisters!

  • mendysantos85

    Lets give peace a chance! We now have better future especially to our fellow Bangsamoro people! Unity is the key to success! Merits for Sen Legarda!

    • melvinsioson

      True!

  • Guest

    I revel in the possibility of true peace within our country. One body, one heart, one spirit! 

  • kuracha

     This is a great step for us as a country. For far too long we have been divided due to religious, colloquial, or economic differences when the fact of the matter is that those are all very petty differences. We should all help each other and support the greater good for our society. There is no need for all the hate and animosity. Now is the time for us all to stand up as one!

  • olalalalala

    This is the best moment for us to finally make a real difference in society. The best part of all this is that the government is backing all these moves to unify our country. I don’t really quite get all the hate that seems to proliferate regarding the people taking care of this though. It’s like people are actually missing the point.

  • $29483279

    All lawmakers in both lower and upper house and all government officials and all filipinos should have the same optimistic outlook as Senator Legarda.

    Barring unexpected hitch, the Philippines will surely become a tiger economy in Asia since this historic event will pave the way for investors to come in Mindanao.

  • $29483279

    Mga kupal and un-educated ang nagkakalat ng intrgues between Senators Loren and Chiz here, You are in the wrong forum.  You guys should go to hell and scatter your dirts there with the devil.

    Stupids. You are soiling this historic good news.

  • ronnierod

    I certainly am supporting this cause. We as a people should focus more on things that would help us create oneness in our society.

  • sixtoboy

     I sincerely hope that this will be accepted by all parties involved. This will pave the way for a brighter future for us as a people and as a country.

  • DoubleDleon

    I would like to imagine that this is the moment that we will look back on as the cornerstone of unified development that leads our country to be one of the greatest in history.

  • krispyP

    I have faith in this. I believe that we can create an environment that we will start to understand and truly accept each other.

  • prettyamy

    Ito ang patunay na maraming mga pulitiko diyan na talagang ninanais lamang tumulong palaganapin ang ating nayon. Maraming salamat naman at tayo’y nagsisimula nang ayusin ang pagkawatak-watak ng ating sistema.

  • VanzP

    We should all keep a close eye on this. We will come to see that this will be the precursor for positive change within our country. Senator Legarda, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

  • clapaz

    Barring any changes that might be done for personal gain from either side, I consider this a bright spot in our country’s legacy.

  • geniebot

     I can only sit and hope that there will be no hindrances to the passing of this. I truly hope that we can find that middle ground to bring us all together.

  • lauralupet

    Considering the economic upswing that we are experiencing right now, I can only imagine this as being a bigger opportunity for us to grow in many more ways.

  • jonescup

    Like I said earlier, I would again like to congratulate us as a country. This will set up a chance for us to grow as a country. We should get together and feel all right!

  • yagit182

    This will be the beginning of something that will make our country that much bettter. I just hope that we don’t mess up this chance.

  • boysamba

    There will come a time in the future that we will consider this as one of the most significant periods in our country’s history, and I just hope that we can make the correct moves to make sure that we will be looking back with much hope and happiness upon this day.

  • gaylegirl

    Our country needs to come together! I like this!

  • sheilababes

    There is no doubt in my mind that we will all be celebrating as one nation in no time!

  • lindarockerchiq

    I hope that this will be the catalyst for national growth that we are looking for.

  • cactusjax

    Our country has shown itself to be able to rise above all adversity. THis is the time to prove this once again.

  • bowlingman

     I hope we can all be steadfast as this deal goes along. Keep the faith and believe in each other. There will always be detractors that will try to ruin this chance for lasting peace, and we have to keep the promise of this peace close to our hearts at all times.

  • mountainprincess

    I love that the government is no longer turning a blind eye to the poverty stricken people in our country. We are finally acknowledging these flaws in our society.

  • nathaliedizon11

    I would personally like to thank the politicians bringing to light and adressing the plight of our muslim brothers and sisters. You are all heroes!

  • hannasamson99

    People need to stop and start seeing the big picture here. This is an opportunity for our country to grow in unity and become a true nation! People need to be keep in mind the ones that put this together, as they are the ones that are truly looking for the most effective way to help our Islam countrymen.

  • jerald_tuason

    Help where there are people in despair. Hope when in the face of fear and hate. Hope in the face of adversity. These are traits that few people have, and I am happy that we have politicians out there who really want to make a change.

  • randolphsingson

     tayo’y magsama sama at mag hawak kamay! Lubos nating ipalaganap ang pagmamahal natin sa nayon at sa isa’t isa!

  • SyagitBuhay

    There must be a propagation of such things in our country. For far too long have we been beleaguered with hate and apathy on the state of our country.

  • theEyeofSauron

    People need to be made more aware of such things. We are constantly bombarded with nes on the sad state our country is in that people end up jaded. The fact of the matter is that there are people like senator legarda who are doing their best to steer our country into moral, fiscal, and practical utopia.

  • GothamGeneral

    Ang lupa nati’y nauuhaw sa pag ibig. Nararapat lamang na ating palaganapin ang kapatiran at kapayapaan. Sana ay ating tularan ang mga mungkahe  ni senador legarda at ating tulungan ang isa’t isa!

  • PutligTiil

    This is something that I want us all to follow suit. There are people that would want to malign people that take the time to support these ideals as coat tail hangers and other such things, but the fact of the matter is that they are championing an ideal that can only do us good.

  • http://teampnoy.com/ GO LP!

     Tama ‘to! Tama na ang paninira at turuan! Oras na ng paggalaw ng bisig!

  • Ritchie Rich

    People are retarded if they think that this is some kind of political grandstanding. These are the words of someone that deeply cares about our fellow countrymen, and I think that it is high time that we started listening.

  • JunDax

    Eto na sana ang simula ng mabuting pagbabago sa ating bansa. Ang ating kailangan lang ay ang matuwid na pagdala ng ating mga ninanais na kapayapan at kaunlaran para sa ating mga kapatid sa rehiyong Bangsamoro.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    you are pathetic! open your mind bro!

  • jose_rizal11

    isa akong ofw working in a Moslem country, i will tell you ang babaho ng mga hinayupak pati mga ugali ang babaho!!!! sangkatutak ng mga hypocrites!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SHJZR76LIZ3P6EC3DHL5RKXKAU Sargo

    nakow DeeBeeDee lang ang alam ng Islam mga bopols am babaho pa mga taga mindanao

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