Talks on Bangsamoro to tackle crucial issues


Miriam Coronel-Ferrer. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/

OZAMIZ CITY—Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiators will meet anew in Kuala Lumpur on Monday to complete the crafting of four crucial annexes to a framework agreement that could end the conflict in Mindanao.

The annexes—which cover power sharing, wealth sharing, normalization and the transition roadmap—will spell out the details of a redrawn autonomous homeland or Bangsamoro for the rebels, who have been fighting for almost four decades.

Newly appointed government peace negotiator, Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, agreed to a five-day meeting to thresh out the remaining issues.

Datu Antonio Kinoc, an alternate member of the MILF peace panel, told the Inquirer by phone that there was still a lot of work to be done.

Earlier, Coronel-Ferrer, who replaced former law dean  and now Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen as head of the government panel, said it could take up to February to finalize the annexes and come up with a comprehensive agreement.

During Monday’s 35th exploratory talks, the panels are expected to resolve the issue of who should lead the period of transition from the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the new Bangsamoro political entity.

In December, President Aquino created the Transition Commission, which is tasked to draft a basic law that would serve as the charter of the Bangsamoro.

But between the drafting efforts and the charter’s actual effectivity, the region will be run by the transition team.

The issue of who will lead the transition phase created a ‘technical impasse’ in the December talks as the MILF insisted that it should take the “driver’s seat.”

Coronel-Ferrer, who is leading the formal talks for the second time, said the government had already recognized this necessity although it had yet to work on how to formally put it.

In Cotabato City, the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team expressed confidence that the sticky issues would be resolved by the two panels and that a formal agreement would soon be signed between Malacañang and the MILF.

“We see light at the end of the tunnel,” said IMT head of mission Dato Abdul Rahim Bin Mohd Yusoff. With a report from Charlie Señase, Inquirer Mindanao



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  • bogli_anakdami

    hoy mga taga bangsamorons (silent n):  bigyan na advance notice ang mga muklos dito sa ‘tang inang imperial manila na umuwi na….

    hay salamat… mababawasan din ang mga basura dito sa pasig river…

  • Commentator

    As long as there is poverty, the conflict will never end.

  • Mamang Pulis

    bakit hindi mag bahay-bahay at katukin ang mga may armas kung ‘expired na ba lisensya nila’  si mar boy bawang roxas sa ARMM a.k.a. BANGSAMORO?

    bakit hindi mo magwa yun ha mar boy bawang roxas?

    ahh naiintay ka kasi sa framework–nagtatago sa palda ni ferrer–aminin mo na inutil ka pag dating sa mga rebelde……kasi lam na alam mo na hinding hindi mag surrender yan ng armas hangga’t agrabyado sila…

    di ba gunless society? di ba dapat pati rebelde—total gun ban?

    di ba mga peaceniks?

    mga inutil!

  • Mamang Pulis

    sa kabilang column—

    NPA –hinharangan ang militar sa development ng Compostela Valley–yun mga nasalanta ni pablo–hinharang ng NPA??

    o ano mar boy bawang roxas—inutil ka!

    asan mga DILG at PNP mo–di ba rebellion sakop din ng PNP?

  • Mamang Pulis

    ang gusto ko makita—

    disarmahan na personal ni mar boy bawang roxas si ibrahim o kya si iqbal—-

    ah hindi kaya—

    yun nasa caloocan lang pala saka sa cavite—saka yun mga jueteng lord kayang kaya ipabura nyo ni ochoa—-

  • kismaytami

    Kasama ba sa usapan yung mga biktima ng terorismo ng mga teroristang ito o kahit talakayin man lang, example yung mga biktima ng Rizal Day bombing. You can’t talk peace without justice.

  • salomeahmad

    Pa drama2 at hele2 pa tong PH. Power / wealth sharing  & normalization means ceding territory to the BangsaMoro. Dak2 ng dak2 tong mickey mouse na govierno re territorial integrity/sovereignty i. e. Panatag shoals, VFA  US Navy vessels intrusions pero ipamimigay lupa sa MIndanao. No matter what window dressing & spins this administration does its clear as mud the PH surrendered.

  • Bright

    The MILF does not have the moral authority to lead this so called Bangsamoro autonomous region.

    No to the desecration of the homeland. 

  • disqusted0fu

    This Bangsamoro agreement has been trumpeted so much and seen as an accomplishment under the Aquino administration. But really, how beneficial has it been so far? We dont even know what this agreement is capable of since its not even done and not been tried and tested yet.

    Pnoy and his admin is just so quick in bragging and all that without really having significant results.

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