Gov’t, MILF peace panels discuss trust fund for combatants, war victims

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal: Human security for the Bangsamoro communities. AP FILE PHOTO

KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are now discussing the proposed “trust fund” to help combatants and others affected by the war normalize their lives, according to the head of the MILF panel.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer at the close of the 33rd round of peace negotiations here Saturday, MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal intimated this was one of several “unresolved issues” that the two panels would tackle—hopefully before the end of 2012.

“The first part of normalization is economic action on the ground so that people, our combatants, would feel that there is a peace dividend after signing the framework agreement. So necessarily, the trust fund is connected with that socioeconomic action on the ground,” he explained.

Aside from defining the trust fund, Iqbal said the parties needed to identify “where to source the money that would be put in the trust fund.”

“I think it (government) is willing to put up some money for the initial movement towards providing some assistance, rehabilitation and relief of people who suffered in the conflict, including the combatants of the MILF,” Iqbal said.

Iqbal pointed to the need to flesh out details of the trust fund in his remarks at the opening of this latest round of peace negotiations last week.

“There is mention of a trust fund in the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro. There is a need for us to define what we mean by ‘trust fund.’ How do we go about this trust fund?” Iqbal said.

The Bangsamoro is envisioned to be the new autonomous political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

President Aquino has described the ARMM as a “failed experiment.”

The goal of normalization, which includes the decommissioning of the arms and the forces of the MILF, is to achieve human security for the Bangsamoro communities affected by the decades-long war and to help them return to their “normal” lives, according to Iqbal.

In their closing remarks last Saturday, Iqbal and government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen acknowledged several issues still to be ironed out in three annexes to the Framework Agreement. These annexes deal with wealth sharing, power sharing and normalization.

“The remaining issues are still so many and very hard but with (the) determination and commitment of both parties, I think we will be able to overcome a lot of issues,” Iqbal said.

Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato Abd Ghafar Tengku Mohammed was optimistic the two panels would be able to complete their tasks “very soon.”

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  • gusto667

    malaking lokohan na ito, paano naman yung mga sundalong napugutan ng MILF tapos gobyerno pa ang magbabayad samantalang yung pamilya ng sundalong namatay naghihikahos. sobrang sobra insulto na ito sa mga naulila ng mga sundalo natin.

  • Fulpol

    wow, you need to compensate the rebels for rebelling and for killing your soldiers… what the heck is that?

    • beerhunters

      Just recall the fable”The Arab and the Camel”! Give them a hand and they’ll chomp off your arm!

  • beerhunters

    “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our Leader, Qur’an is our Constitution, Shariah is our Law, Shahadat(martyrdom) is our Desire, Jihad is our Way, To Lie and Decieve the unbelieversINFIDELS and Chop Off their hands and heads wherever we find them-is our Bounden Duty.” Allahu Akbar!

  • Mamang Pulis

    At paano naman yun mga Recon marines at Army SF?  hindi pera ang hinihingi ng mga yan—

    isusuko nyo ba yun unit commander sa Al Barka?

    isusuko nyo ba ang sumunog sa Kauswagan?

    isusuko nyo ba yun natitirang JI at Abusayaf?

    yun mga kadre ng NPA na nagtatago sa inyo–ilalabas nyo rin ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2H52TOW7P7RAWOOXTOLNXEPEZ4 Andy

    Now this MILF is transforming itself into a parasite, wants to sucked milk from the philippine government.They are no different from the corrupt politicians, who sees our government as one big fat milking cow that needs to be milked everyday untill it drops dead ! If this will be the case, they can go back to the hills and  take Pee-noy, Leonen and Deles with them…There is nothing in the Philippine Constitution that says, the moros are intitled to be treated special over the rest of the filipino people, just because they have guns ! This MILF is nothing but just  plain hostage takers…they have taken peace in Mindanao and it’s people hostage,in exchange for money.

    • disqusted0fu

      precisely! Pnoy, Leonen and Deles gave them an inch, now they are taking the whole mile. what does the Philippines get out of this deal? peace? i dont think so. if there is something that the MILF would not like, then they’d just turn back to war mode again and demand for whatever they want. and this is why this peace pact is verging to failure.

  • salomeahmad

    Walang hiya instant pensionado pa mga rebelde. That’s because this was no negotiated peace at all as the gov’t. would like as to believe but surrender to their demands. Besides lands & sea, they want icing on the cake too. Kaya yung Panatag shoal forget it the Chinese are there to stay.

  • Loggnat

    Malaysia and other rich Muslim countries should provide the funds for MILF combatants and others affected by the conflict including the families of both sides who were lost/died or maimed during the clashes. The Philippine government should augment the funds going to the military/law enforcement casualties and family but not a centavo to the funds going to the MILF.

  • Practicalandconcerned

    Yan lumabas na…and it’s all about the money in disguise

  • randyaltarejos

    I don’t think it would be appropriate to replace ARMM without first amending the Constitution. This may have the loophole that both negotiators did not take into account when they discussed the framework of agreement. Are they thinking that an executive order would be sufficient to quash ARMM in place of the Bangsamoro Substate?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S63V2FHR3JYOJSEHUYFH7YIJRA Rudy

    Any form of Trust Fund as a result of peace should be given to all those who were involved in the war in Mindanao not only MILF combatants. This should include military and police who were assigned in Mindanao most especially families of those who lost their lives and limbs. A separate form of trust fund is for the development of communities and people that were affected by the war. Anything short of this will only spell trouble again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S63V2FHR3JYOJSEHUYFH7YIJRA Rudy

     Any form of Trust Fund as a result of peace should be given to all those
    who were involved in the war in Mindanao not only MILF combatants. This
    should include military and police who were assigned in Mindanao most
    especially families of those who lost their lives and limbs. A separate
    form of trust fund is for the development of communities and people that
    were affected by the war. Anything short of this will only spell
    trouble again.

  • disqusted0fu

    why does it seem that most of the rules of the peace deal benefit just the MILF and not the whole country? is this peace deal being done just for the heck of it? just to say that there is a milestone accomplishment in the Aquino government? it seems very one sided.

  • disqusted0fu

    President Aquino has described the ARMM as a “failed experiment.” – in the same manner that the ARMM has described Aquino as a “failed president”

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

    Trust Fund pa daw kuno.
    Di lumabas na pera-pera lang din pala ang labanan.
    Ang katangahan gobyernong ito; walang isip na itsa ng itsa ng pera sa mga kriminal na ito.  

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