MILF to gradually disarm army under peace pact, says chief gov’t negotiator

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COTABATO CITY, Philippines — The decommissioning of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), the armed wing of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the disarmament of its members will not take place overnight even if a final peace deal is signed, according to the chairman of the government’s peace panel.

“As agreed upon, the decommissioning process will be gradual and phased,” Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said in the statement, which was released by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

Ferrer said these efforts would be part of a gradual process in relation to the final peace agreement as agreed upon by the negotiators.

But while the decommissioning and the disarmament would “not happen at once,” Ferrer said both the government and the MILF would be taking steps to normalize the situation on the ground and prevent any violence between the government and rebel troops.

“…(B)oth parties are expected to take steps that will aid in securing the peace and stability on the ground and to continue to build confidence in each other’s sincerity to deliver what has been agreed upon,” Ferrer said.

Earlier, MILF chieftain Murad Ebrahim told the Malaysian government-run Bernama National News Agency and the Philippines News Agency during the sidelines of the 8th World Islamic Economic Forum held in Johor Bahru from Dec. 4-6 that the decommissioning of MILF fighters would only start upon the setting up of the Bangsamoro government.

In the same interview, Ebrahim said the issue was still being discussed by the peace panels.

“Both parties needed to create the proper situation on the ground first, before starting the process of decommissioning,” he was quoted as saying by the two government-run news outfits.

Ebrahim also told Bernama and the PNA that the MILF would also push for the decommissioning of government militias in areas covered by the Bangsamoro territory.

“They should also be subjected to decommissioning,” he was quoted as saying.

In a separate statement emailed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Ferrer said the peace panels, through the technical working groups, would hammer out the “indicative timetable that will match every political milestone with corresponding socio-economic and security measures.”

The government maintains its determination to come to an agreement with the MILF and find a just and lasting solution to the so-called Mindanao problem, according to Coronel-Ferrer.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles said President Aquino’s issuance of Executive Order 120 – which created the Transition Commission or the body tasked to formulate the charter of the Bangsamoro – only affirmed the government’s resolve “to move forward the peace process for the Bangsamoro as a strategic initiative for political stability and economic development.”

The composition of the TC is now being finalized through a screening process, with both the government and the MILF making their respective recommendations.

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  • Mamang Pulis

    mag disarm lang yan kung may kabuhayan na matino ang ipang haharap nila sa pamilya nila…

    kung puro rido at benggahan pa rin –lalo na sa mga ‘maagawan at nagawan’ ng lupa o puesto…

    itaga mo sa bato—isang sinapang ang i surender nila–sampu pa ang nakatago.

  • opinyonlangpo

    That’s fine although it is not fair. Bangsamoro is really serious with this to the extent of disarming its army, that should be the last after all is agreed upon. That is where ‘gradually’ comes in, surrender the old and low power weapons first including the scrap ones. Wishing the Bangsamoro a peaceful and progressive future. Good luck.

  • 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 to and Decieve the unbelieversINFIDELS and to Chop Off their hands and heads wherever we find them-is our Bounden Duty” Allahu Akbar!!

    • To_Be_Continued

      Ahh… another trouble maker muslim extremist. Why dont you move to yemen or somalia or join the taliban? There, you can behead anybody you want. you are free to go where quran is the constitution,

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

         Why don’t you leave since Filipinos don’t belong in Asia. Your a wannabe Spaniard culture right? So go to Spain or America your masters. You Filipinos don’t belong in Asia. You Filipinos don’t understand Muslims because you would rather betray your country than die for it. Filipinos would rather embrace a foreign culture than honor their own. Easier right? Filipinos have no spine.

      • Lhoylhoy

        i really hope you all die for your religion and leave us alone hehe

      • To_Be_Continued

        FIlipinos don’t belong in Asia?!?!?!? Hahaha… another loser bites the dust. LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

         Ahh another Filipino slave

      • To_Be_Continued

        Ahh… another Osama Bin Ladin sucker. LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

         You do know that people from Asia laugh at Filipinos right? Show me your culture? Do Filipinos even have one? All is borrowed. Filipinos have forgotten who they were. And Filipinos to stupid to learn.

      • To_Be_Continued

        Please use the tagalog language if you can’t express your self in plain but correct english. Trying hard ka masyado.

    • Lhoylhoy

      while these animals are killing and getting killed for their religion. i am enjoying facebook on my phone haha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

         You Filipinos are a disgrace. You come from a weak culture. A culture of smiling at foreigners as they enslave you. Filipinos can never understand Muslims because Muslims would rather die than bend knee to foreign powers. Muslims would rather retain their dignity and honor their past. Filipinos can never understand such discipline, dignity and sacrifice when Filipino history is one of cowardice. China wants to take over and what do your pathetic leaders do? Beg for their lives. Filipinos are cowards. Your history is one of cowardice. Filipinos can never understand Muslims. How could they?

      • Lhoylhoy

        why would i wanna waste time understanding your stupid religion? dude get a life! not everything is about religion! this is the 21st century! grow up!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

         That’s ok ljoy. Enjoy your phone hahaha. Strength, discipline doesn’t come from having a phone or any possession. It comes from inside of you. But you Filipinos would not understand that concept. Your to weak minded to understand such a simple concept.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

       That might be, but better that than a wannabe Spaniard or American that most Filipinos are. Better that than to come from a culture of drunks and a slave to foreigners with no history but that which your masters have taught you. Better that than being Filipino a lost people with not history. A slave people.

  • XY ZEE

    Disarming should be a non-negotiable precondition before any talks can proceed.
    Good luck trying to enforce that once the police and local governments are under their control.
    Give these miscreants a finger and they want to take the whole arm…..
    That’s what this government gets for allowing itself to be bamboozled by the MILF. 

  • disqusted0fu

    the disarming of the MILF should be prioritized by the government for peace to be somewhat achieved. lets see if they can put these words into actions. i’d like to see that in this administration, for a change.

  • salomeahmad

    Unfortunately, a state created through armed revolution (i.e. USA) is maintained by vigilance, by force of arms & the right to bear it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    The MILF shall not be allowed to retain their own army. If we do so, we are sowing the seeds of chaos in the future generations.

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