Group questions gov’t peace pact with MILF

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MANILA, Philippines—A petition has been filed with the Supreme Court asking that it declare as unconstitutional the signed Bangsamoro Framework Agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

In his 24-page petition for certiorari, petitioners said the Government Peace Panel committed grave abuse of discretion when it bounded the entire government to acts that violate the Constitution.

Petitioners include Rev. Vicente Libradores Aquino; Rev. Mercidita Redoble and International Ministries for Perfect and Party Against Communism and Terrorism Inc. (Imppact, Inc.) through its President Atty. Elly Pamatong.

The framework agreement stipulated the creation of a Bangsamoro government in five provinces—Basilan, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi, Cotabato and Isabela and six other municipalities of North Cotabato.

“These provinces and cities are all covered by the 1976 Tripoli Agreement. Both the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) and the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) are representing the same people and the same territory. Surely, the implementation of the Framework Agreement will nullify the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement,” the petitioners said.

The petitioners pointed out that the existence of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was by virtue of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, an international treaty recognized by the Organization of Islamic Conference and the 1996 Final Peace Agreement.

“The dissolution of the ARMM will mean the dissolution of the two agreements…Indeed, in 1987, the Philippine government honored its commitment to an international agreement by including in the Constitution the creation of an ARMM…,” petitioner stated.

Petitioners also questioned the venue of the GPH-MILF exploratory talks which is Malaysia. They said it is not a neutral country because of its claims over the disputed Sabah Island, which the Philippines also claims.

The peace panel was headed by newly appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. It was signed on Oct. 15, 2012.

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  • latino_boom

    MGA TALANGKA

  • Guest

    I also doubt this sub-state thing can prosper in a constitutionally manifested unitary system. It escapes my mind how this “hybrid” way can succeed. There were no adjustments made such as giving more autonomy to the regions (like the system in Spain) nor were there constitutional amendments shifting from unitary to federal which either are the only way for MILF/MNLF to pursue in their goal for more political (and fiscal) autonomy in a roundabout way. Either system of course would enable every, not only the Bangsamoro, region to have more autonomy. Of course, in either the Spanish system of federal system (a la USA for e.g.), the currency, foreign and defense and interior security policy would be still under control of Manila.

  • virgoyap

    Please, don’t disturb the harmony that is beginning to build up.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    Give peace a chance, in whatever form or mode. It is ironic that misplaced religious groups are creating noise.

  • Barak_O

    lol at elly pamatong

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

    Tutlan ang lupa at gobyernong pang-gantimpala sa mga kriminal na rebelde na walang hustisya.
    Kasuhan muna ang mga responsable sa mga krimen bago bigyan sila ng biyaya ng gobyerno.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6YY66XPT63YFGHDKYTMIO4CM Daniel

    Please research and study the Islamic doctrine and its allied subjects. You will know and learn what Islam has commanded all Muslims to undertake as their solemn duty to advance the cause of their god. For sure, this will change your perception and understanding about this pseudo-religious movement…..forever.

  • disqusted0fu

    now that Leonen, the one who headed the peace pact, is appointed as an associate justice, and Sereno, appointed by the president as the chief justice, will supreme court still declare this deal as unconstitutional?!

  • Your_King

    Aquino bragged about this supposed accomplishment but apparently it was a bit premature. The peace is far from complete. Half-way through his term in office, Aquino is still yet to achieve anything significantly good for the country. 

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