Philippines, MILF eye final peace deal by April

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Miriam Coronel-Ferrer: Ruffled emotions PHOTO FROM OPAPP.GOV.PH

KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines and a Muslim separatist group hope to finalize a peace agreement ending a decades-old insurgency by April, a government negotiator said Thursday.

Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are working to put the finishing touches to plans for disarmament and wealth- and power-sharing by March, and deliver a final “comprehensive agreement” in April, Miriam Coronel Ferrer said.

“We are confident. There are only a few issues left. We will find a resolution. There is no deal-breaker here,” said Coronel Ferrer, the Philippines’ lead negotiator.

She spoke at the conclusion of the latest round of three-day talks between the two sides in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

President Benigno Aquino’s government agreed in October on a road map with the MILF that aims toward a final peace deal by 2016, following years of talks hosted by Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Coronel Ferrer said a stand-off between Malaysian security forces and a group of Filipinos in Sabah would not affect the peace process.

Dozens of Filipinos, some reportedly armed, were dispatched there two weeks ago by the self-proclaimed heir to a former southern Philippine sultanate to press its traditional claim to Sabah.

Jamalul Kiram III has refused to call back his men, complaining that he was left out of the peace road map agreed in October.

“The talks are driven by the two parties. The talks pertain to issues that have to be settled between the MILF and the Philippine government,” Coronel Ferrer said.

The 12,000-strong MILF has been fighting since the 1970s for independence in Mindanao, the southern third of the mainly Catholic Philippines that the country’s Muslim minority claim as their ancestral homeland.

An estimated 150,000 people have died in the unrest in the southern Philippines, though a ceasefire in place since 2003 has largely held.

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  • BatangSingapore

    share of wealth sa mindanao! hahahhahahaha uubusin ang natural resources nyo ng mga intsik.

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    “Coronel Ferrer said a stand-off between Malaysian security forces and a
    group of Filipinos in Sabah would not affect the peace process.”

    I bet if things go sour ‘down there’ it will affect the peace process. Call it a hunch, but based on experience, it will.

    • http://nativesabahan.myopenid.com/ NativeSabahan

      courtesy of kiram and friends.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        partly, yes. and in a nutshell, its the blood that ties the people in the area.

  • kornflakes

    Bikolano & Ilokano
    DPWH & DOH
    Asia & Europe
    Earth & Venus

    Philippines & MILF?

  • http://rltjs.wordpress.com/ Rod

    Final peace is when there is only Philippine National Police and there is only Armed Forces of the Philippines, and no other armed group by any name exists.

    Philippine government in one side and Bangsamoro in the other side is called a truce. A truce can also be good as long as it lasts. A truce and a “final peace” are not the same.

    • giltor

      You really don’t know the meaning of ‘bangsa’ and its ramifications don’t you!

      Bangsa means a separate entity. So dream on your only one Armed Forces!

  • http://rltjs.wordpress.com/ Rod

    Let them lay down their arms and let them all go home to their families as real free men. Be like all other Filipinos. That is final peace.

  • http://rltjs.wordpress.com/ Rod

    Draw up a territory in southern Philippines and put the MILF in control of that.  I really wish it works.

    At kalimutan natin ang demokrasya sa bandang iyan ng bansa. I-appoint na lang ang mga opisyal ng Bangsamoro entity na ito. Sapagkat kung idaan natin sa eleksyon ito, tatakbu rin ang mga Mangudadato, mga Ampatuan, at kung sino pang heavyweight ng politika dyan. Kung hindi Manalo sa eleksyon ang kampo ni Ed Kabalu malaking gulo lang ang ending nito.

    Hindi puede sa Bangsamoro na nominal lang papel nila dyan.

  • indiots

    paano naman yong mga breakaway groups ng milf? di patayan din yon. kanya kanyang sabotahe ang mangyayari.

  • http://rltjs.wordpress.com/ Rod

    Filipinos will not like this, but final peace can also come if or when Bangsamoro is a free, independent, state.

  • Albert Einstien

    ” PIECE ” malaysian/milf -pnoy compromise deal..NOT only UNCONSTITUTIONAL but a  CREEPING MALAYSIAN INVASION…BEWARE..!

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    money- and power-sharing…

    its all about this… magiging corrupt din ang mamumuno sa “Bangsamoro”

    • pepito gwaps

      possible because we don’t even eradicate corruption in the gov’t…what we would expect

  • Melanio Calayeg

    How come the group of Nur Misuari of MNLF is not included in the peace talks? Something is amiss here?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YDONGSOZG2CKOBHNWCCFEF6QBQ Peace man!

      Last time I checked this has been settled when I was still in high school that’s the reason we have the ARMM and Nur Misuari as the governor. 

  • daniboy2012

    Minadali ang peace aggreement kuno….lahat dapat kasale.

  • guest

    The report said there are 12,000-strong MILF. Where do they get the numbers? Do they have records of these people?

    • generalproblem

      hahaha hindi tutuo yan kasi nung araw pa yan 12000 eh gineyera ni erap yan dami namatay eh 12000 pa din hanggang ngayon. saka ang tatanda ng mga members nyan siguro 35% ng mga miyembro nyan eh kumukuha na ng pension sa sss hehehhe

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

    0ctober 2012, December 2012, Jan 2013, March 2013, now April 2013 stop giving deadlines you cannot meet. Bangsamoro and Filipinos are two different people. Different histories. Different views on how they want to live. One was subjugated the other remained free. Christian and Muslim it just doesn’t work. The government and Filipinos should just come to terms with this fact. And if the government cannot come to terms. Then its time for divorce. Philippines will prosper. And Bangsamoro will prosper. Square and a circle just doesn’t fit.

  • rinom

    when they said,,, they want peace sudden destruction comes (bombings). written in the bible 2000 years ago. the bible is true, authentic and reliable.

  • JasonBieber

    Please don’t make promises that you can’t keep and give people false hopes. That is usually what the President does. Let’s see if something happens in April…come back to us when peace is accomplished once and for all.

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