Quantcast
Latest Stories

Gov’t, MILF peacemakers optimistic despite deadlock

By

Despite the deadlock in their peace negotiations, both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) say they remain hopeful that they will be able to resolve the contentious issues, allowing the talks to “move forward” until they can reach a final peace agreement.

“While we move toward the final stretch of the peace negotiations, we remain steadfast, bolstered by lessons well-learned from the past, and committed to find just and sustainable solutions to the many aspects of the armed conflict that has crippled our country for many decades,” government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said in her Christmas message.

The official MILF website, Luwaran.com, said in an editorial titled “Grand Gestures” that while the talks are deadlocked, the two parties “will be able to settle this in due time” owing to their “goodwill and determination.”

The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, signed by the two sides in October, indicates a desire by both the government and the MILF to conclude a comprehensive peace agreement before the end of the year.

Before breaking off for the holidays, the Senate and the House passed resolutions in support of the framework agreement and the creation of a transition commission that would draft a basic law for the proposed autonomous Bangsamoro region in Mindanao.

Transition body

President Aquino signed an executive order creating the Bangsamoro Transition Commission on Dec. 17.

The commission’s work, the draft basic law, will be submitted to Congress for approval.

Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, sponsor of the Senate resolution that all the senators signed as coauthors, said the framework agreement was crucial to the attainment of lasting peace and economic development in Muslim Mindanao.

In addition to expressing support for the framework agreement, the House resolution acknowledges the work of the government and the MILF toward the establishment of an autonomous region for the Bangsamoro people.

The government and the MILF made strides in the power-sharing, wealth-sharing and normalization annexes to the framework agreement, but failed to resolve the annex on arrangements and modalities.

The annex indicates the steps for the completion of the Mindanao peace process, with the establishment of a transition authority as the ultimate step that the MILF views as “the real premium” in the peace negotiations, now in their 16th year.

The MILF wants to use its name in the billing for the leadership of the transition authority, but the government wants the lead to go to the Bangsamoro people.

Aquino thinking

“We do not believe President Aquino has this kind of thinking in relation to who will lead [the] Transition Authority,” the MILF said on its website.

“Even common sense would tell us that the accolade or reward must belong and go to those who invested ‘sweat, tears [and blood’ and not especially to those who rocked the boat when the sailing [was] rough. Otherwise, the whole idea is not really to solve the Moro Question with the MILF.”

The MILF met over the weekend to start choosing from its nominees to the 15-man transition commission. With a report from Norman Bordadora


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bangsamoro , Government , MILF , peace process




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  4. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  7. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  8. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  9. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  5. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  6. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  7. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  8. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  9. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  10. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
Advertisement

News

  • Tens of thousands travel by sea this Holy Week
  • Police: Dad smothered toddler to play video game
  • 7 killed in shooting in China-Vietnam border
  • Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike
  • Malaysia, Australia in deal on black box custody–report
  • Sports

  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Business

  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • Technology

  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement