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Aquino, MILF chief talk peace in Tokyo

Secret 20-hour trip meant to end war in Mindanao

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UNANNOUNCED, UNPRECEDENTED, UNCANNY President Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahim agree to speed up peace talks during a landmark meeting in a hotel near Narita airport in Tokyo late Thursday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER ON THE PEACE PROCESS

President Benigno Aquino III left the country unannounced on Thursday night to hold unprecedented talks with a Muslim rebel leader in Japan.

Mr. Aquino met for two hours with Murad Ebrahim, chair of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), in a hotel near the Narita airport in Tokyo on Thursday evening, the first time a Philippine president has met face-to-face with a leader of the rebel group since on-and-off peace talks started 14 years ago.

They discussed ways to push the peace process forward, said Teresita Quintos-Deles, the presidential peace adviser, who was with Mr. Aquino in Tokyo.

An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not directly involved in the talks said the meeting was meant to give the peace talks “a shot in the arm” and show support from the “highest level.”

The President’s late mother, President Corazon Aquino, had met with the head of the main Muslim insurgency, Nur Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front, in Sulu in 1986 to talk peace. The meeting paved the way for the resumption of peace talks that had collapsed during the Marcos dictatorship.

‘Grand gesture’

Mr. Aquino had sought the meeting, which had been in the works since late June, Marvic Leonen, the head of the government peace panel, told a press conference shortly after the President and his party arrived from Japan Friday.

Leonen said Mr. Aquino and Murad agreed to “fast-track” the negotiations and that the implementation of any agreement has to happen during the term of Mr. Aquino, who has made the resolution of the Muslim and communist insurgencies a high priority of his administration.

“The meeting was cordial but consisted of a frank and candid exchange of their views about the frames of the continuing peace talks and some possible approaches that the parties can take to bring about a peaceful settlement,” Leonen said.

He said the President had presented “a pragmatic and principled view” on how the talks could move forward and the MILF head also presented “a principled and certain pragmatic realities in terms of the negotiations and in terms of our country.”

Leonen refused to give details of the meeting as doing so would be like negotiating before the public in the media. He said, however, that the meeting did not supplant formal negotiations.

“There was no secret deal made at the meeting,” he stressed.

The MILF called Mr. Aquino’s effort a “grand gesture” that gave “a tremendous boost to the peace process.”

Ghadzali Jaafar, the MILF political affairs chief, said it was “a fruitful meeting.”

No longer separatist

Leonen brushed aside concerns about the propriety of the President meeting with a rebel leader which could be construed as an official recognition of the MILF’s separatist aims, declaring that the MILF was no longer a separatist group.

“They are no longer a secessionist group because their proposal does not include independence anymore. They are not asking to be a separate state. And therefore the implications that you are probably imagining, pardon me, are no longer there,” Leonen said.

“The MILF has met with businessmen in Makati and civil society and they say that their agenda is no longer to separate from the Republic of the Philippines. Their proposal is that they be considered Filipino citizens but with Bangsamoro national identity,” he said.

He said there was “no international law or domestic law implication of the government meeting with a group that it wants seriously to have peace with.”

Anywhere in the world

“Besides, in the history of the entire world, heads of states do go on vacation in other countries. And they do unofficial visits. And that is not considered an acknowledgement of anything. The President took an unofficial trip to Japan and met with a Filipino there, a group of Filipinos there,” he added.

Asked why the meeting had to be in Japan, Leonen said: “The President will meet any Filipino anywhere in the world, in the planet, especially if he is serious enough to talk about an agenda, which is important to the country.”

“It could not be held while there is media outside because this is the first historic meeting between the President and the chair of the MILF. (Imagine) what would have happened if they did not end up in a cordial manner, which they did,” Leonen said.

Int’l contact group

“The meeting was very cordial. I was in the room. I was the note-taker and I saw there was a certain chemistry between the chair of the MILF and the President,” Leonen added.

He said Japan was chosen for security reasons and because it is the closest member of the International Contact Group, a grouping of nations that is attempting to promote trust between the two sides. The other members are Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Britain.

He said the MILF wanted the meeting to take place in one of the contact group countries.

Leonen said Mr. Aquino arrived in Tokyo at 6 p.m. on Thursday night and the meeting started at 8:30 p.m. He left Tokyo for home at 10 a.m. Friday.

The trip was left out of the Palace media advisory of the President’s schedule for Thursday. Its advisory that day only included “private meetings” with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, and the budget and management and finance departments.

The media was also advised of a “staff meeting” at 4 p.m.

Mr. Aquino’s party consisted of Deles, Leonen, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia and presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Murad was joined by some members of the rebel group’s central committee, members of its negotiating panel and some “base commanders.”

Leonen said the next formal meeting between the government and the MILF peace panels would be from August 22 to August 24.

Propriety

The President’s meeting with the MILF rebel chief drew reactions, both positive and negative, from both sides of the political divide.

Even one of the President’s closest allies, Senator Francis Escudero, found reason to question the propriety of the President secretly meeting with Murad.

“I think the President may have been ill-advised to meet personally as he (Murad) is not even his counterpart. And it might not be a good tactic in the negotiations,” he said.

He said Deles should “protect the President from such things.”

“She should just do her job and give her President deniability with respect to this early stage of the negotiations,” Escudero said.

House Minority Leader  Edcel Lagman on Friday said that Mr. Aquino broke his own promise of full transparency and took unnecessary risks without any tangible gains in meeting with the MILF leader.

“The country is not the personal fiefdom of President Aquino.  Any presidential move which has a bearing on national interest and national security must be transparent and discussed with the Cabinet and the National Security Council. The President’s secret trip to Japan to meet MILF leaders violates his avowed policy on transparency,” said Lagman in a phone interview.

Lagman questioned the urgency or necessity of having the President himself meet with Murad.

Unnecessary risks

“Can’t the President send an emissary instead of he himself going?  There is more than meets the eye in the President’s excursion. He has much explaining to do.  Such as what has he achieved, what are the commitments?” said Lagman.

Lagman said the President also took unnecessary risks in his meeting the MILF leaders. “If something happened to him there, what would happen to our country? He is the President, that should be foremost in his mind,” he said.

But House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said: “If it will lead to real and lasting peace, I fully support P-Noy.”

Senator Francis Pangilinan welcomed the move as “an out-of-the-box solution” that showed the President was willing to step out of his comfort zone to ensure that peace is achieved.

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, said “pass muna” to mean no comment for now.

Act of treason

A diplomat who asked not to be named said what the President did was “an act of treason.”

“A President is not supposed to go on secret missions. A head of state can never be the equal of a rebel leader, but he probably does not know that. He should be meeting with someone on his level,” the diplomat said.

She said the Department of Foreign Affairs was left completely out of the loop.

“I hear that the peace panel was the one that recommended it. What was their agenda? Did they just shake hands? A goodwill [meeting]?” she said. With reports from Gil C. Cabacungan Jr., Christian Esguerra and Jerome Aning and AP, AFP, Reuters

First posted 12:25 am | Saturday, August 6th, 2011


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  • Timothy Joseph Lopez de Leon

    Com’on distinguished gentlemen. Give the guy a break. He’s the first president to do this since i could remember. All the presidents i grew up with used the same old beat to negotiate with the MI’s. Couldn’t you be supportive of anything good? Looks like you all want to do it your way, what do we need a president for? In our native language, “eh di kayo na lang ang dumiskarte!!!”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Another blunder by Pnoy.  Once again, it shows his lack of experience as a leader.  Even Erap who’s not as well educated as Pnoy wouldn’t do such a thing.  Erap could easily wipe out the rebels in MIndanao.

  • Anonymous

    Lagman corrupt kang matanda ka, tumigil ka na diyan, proven naman na di na nag work ang status quo , saka tanda mo na diyan ano ba nagawa mo ? Laki siguro nang parte mo sa mga nakulimbat nang amo mo  kaya walang tigil ka.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how this diplomat defines treason but I don’t see treason in what P-noy did. He went out of his way, going the extent of exposing himself to danger as Mr. Lagman put it, just to find a lasting solution to the Mindanao problem and to attain peace which has eluded the region for decades. Why question the person’s sincerity and actions when they haven’t made any moves towards that end?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6V2EHTRN5B345LGOSPBJB77N5E Minda Now

    TREASON??? as in adhering to the enemy!

    Ang grupo ni P-NOY sa meeting ay puro non-combatant, while ang grupo ni MURAD puro hardlliner na combatant personnel….

    Remember the meeting between GEN. BATALLA and Policemen ALI in Zamboanga many years ago, ang nangyari napatay si Gen. Batalla mismo sa kanyang ofis pa.

    Many years ago pa rin, suppose to be a peace meeting between GEN. BAUTISTA and OSMAN SALLE in Patikul, patay dito si Gen. Bautista on the spot.

    Year 2011, Tokyo peace meeting  between P-NOY and MURAD, masuwerte talaga si P-NOY dahil buhay siya after the meeting.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKAYR7W3FHFUEFYY2Z6AOBWJKQ hunterskill

      tanga mo naman. as if makakagalaw ang mga MILF sa tokyo. doing anything violent there is punishable by HANGING.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roland-Pates/553615381 Roland Pates

      Isa lang ibig sabihin niyan, huwag ka makipagmeeting sa teritoryo ng kalaban.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

      Eh di bilib ka na kay PNoy? Maaasahan talaga yan..!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roland-Pates/553615381 Roland Pates

    isa lang masasabi ko kay Lagman. TRAPO ka!

  • Anonymous

    Ang treason yung binebenta tayo sa China gaya nang ginawa ni macacapal-arroyo.

    • Anonymous

      this is not a very well thought out statement. napaka baseless.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HCQZ2VFZ62AGVK77HDAFN6NHPI Richard

    Kind of funny how people easily pass judgement without waiting for the results and not knowing the details… I’ll reserve my opinion later… Let’s see what will happen…

  • Anonymous

    it really is time to try new approaches to festering problems.
    maybe p-noy can do one better surprise, and unilaterally cut debt service payments. an opportunity that tita cory blew with her revolutionary mandate. and, at a special time in history when she and the nation were the toast of the entire world….

  • http://twitter.com/toothpastesales be honest

    All well said and done. But then most people forget about one thing.
    It was P-Noy who put his weight around, moved heaven and earth, to have ARMM election postponed this year. So that  HE  can appoint an  OIC upto 2013 to  GOVERN  the region.
    Now that he ” secretly ” met with MILF chief ( which everybody agreed is not in the same status level with him ), is there a plot or ” secret deal ” for MILF to be ” appointed ” to govern ARMM ?
    Keep your eyes and ears open.

    • Anonymous

      Be honest, I don’t see the relation between ARMM election and MILF peace negotiation. You see too many ghosts. How can PNoy appoint somebody who is not close to him? As a matter of far, the relationship is just on the exploratory level and remains to be seen whether it will warm up.

  • Anonymous

    “…’If something happened to him there, what would happen to our country?
    He is the President, that should be foremost in his mind,’ he said…”

    Inggit lang si Lagman. Yun presidente Gloria niya walang balls para harapin ang kalaban. Puro patago ang patraydor ang alam na pamamaraan. Ano ba ang ipinagmamalaki ng pamamaraan niya? Nagkaroon ba ng kasunduang pangkapayapaan?

  • Anonymous

    We don’t know yet whether this approach will result in an acceptable peace agreement, but we are sure of the courage of PNoy on two aspects. First, courage to face the enemy. Second, courage to try a new approach to an old problem, notwithstanding the risks of failure. For this, we can commend PNoy.

  • Anonymous

    Ruben, What “blunder” are you talking about? The only blunders I know are all the old and tired approaches to peace, and all of them did not work.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    PNoy recognize Murad as a leader of a group of Pilipinos. What’s wrong with meeting the leader of a group if it will contribute to the solution of a major problem..? DADA KAYO NG DADA EH WALA NAMAN KAYONG NAGAGAWA. Better shut your stinking mouth..!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6XXK3MUEFZHPEVUARQJ2WRAHIA juakin

    comments from Lagman and Escudero are the so-called “UTAK WANG-WANG” approach….. good on you P-Noy…

  • Anonymous

    Just a story: While the President was travelling, the chopper where he boarded suddenly lost control and gradually fell down to a thick forest. Then a sudden rescue came. A leader of the rebel group helped the president out from danger and brought him to their secret camp.

    While the president was healing from bruises, the rebel leader took care of him carefully. He gave  him much food and security. After 24 hours, the President declared he is alright and ready to go back to his office. The rebel leader thought, this was his chance to hostage the president and request his demands in exchange of the president’s release. 

    But a sudden event change his mind, the President asked him for a private talk. The President told him, “I will give all your demands for helping me out and my crew, but for one condition.” The rebel leader was so anxious to hear the next words of the President.

    The President continued: “I will give all your demands if you can tell me your secret formula: how can you and your army survived in this forest without any decent food and shelter and you are infested with malaria carrying mosquitoes?”

    The rebel leader took the president’s question as a joke and insult. And so they took the President in hostage. 

  • Anonymous

    Great job PNoy! Our prayers is always with you for peace and progress of our country. Godspeed.

  • Anonymous

    ARMM had the same expirience as the Philippines as a whole.
    The ARMM from Misuari who robbed ARMM blind and treated the place as a fiefdom was replaced by Ampatuan.

    Yung Pilipinas naman, pakagaling kay kanto boy Erap, napa kay mafiosi wiseguy Arroyos.

    Matino at sinsero ang balakin ni PNoy and it seems ang MILF is also sincere in their aspirations for the Bangsamoro. You heard it, they are no longer separatist. They was a peaceful progressive Bangsamoro.

  • Anonymous

    i support the president for his great move, if peace can come by this way; he should meet murad once more

  • Anonymous

    he put the office of the president in an
    unnecessary dangerous situation. and in a way, his act has symbolically legitimized the claim and power of this particular group of the MILF. PNoy basically empowered Ebrahim by giving him face time. it was ill-advised.

  • Guest

    After the beheading of marine soldiers by terrorists, the president met the leader of MILF. Abu Sayaf and MILF are the same. Have you heard an MILF rebel killed an Abu Sayaf member?

  • http://www-blogjosemig200905com.blogspot.com/ Jose Miguel Garcia

    How can there be any act of treason in this particular act when there was no asset of our nation being handed over to any foreigner?  Were there handing over of our territories, critical resources like the banking industry, real estate and forests, or control of direction of development of our systems including economic and defense to the chinese and the north americans like what GMA or other past presidents have been doing?

    This however, is merely a family affair.  If a father talks secretly to one of his sons, is he commiting an act of treason towards his family?  It is a sign of how a certain brother is important to the head of the family.  The head of the family is supposed to know best how to handle each and every family member.

    We have already deviated away from the basic unit of social development from which all other social developments come from.  We today say, “Tagaytay is so comfortably cool just like in an airconditioned room,” or  ”The surrounding is so cool, it is as if we are inside an airconditioned room.”  Our criteria for what is good has become based not anymore on nature, but on the artificial. So it is with how we develop our nation.  We have based it on how a corporation or a state is being developed just like in the U.S.A.

    We are basically a family. Our statehood or corporate formation is just a formation from the developmental code of our being a family at the national level. If not, then it is a deviation from our natural course and we should correct it.

  • http://twitter.com/whipnsaddle Bastonero

    This people are short minded, Pnoy is doing all possible things for the sake of peace ano pa ba ang gusto ninyo, wala talaga itong si Lagman basta may maibigay lang na comment, kung sya takot humarap sa mga rebelde si Pnoy inilagay nya ang kanyang seguridad para lang sa kapayapaan, go Pnoy…

  • Anonymous

    It’s a gesture to our muslim bothers that we want a lasting peace, to be one Filipino.  Importante ang mga kapatid nating muslims and we should stop fighting.

  • Anonymous

    gor for PEACE Mindanao… and boost tourism especially sa Sulo…. whitesand all over the shore.. a potential world class tourism haven if fully developed! lahat sama sama para sa kapayapaan.

  • Anonymous

    That diplomat is an embarrassment, he should study Phil. laws. Treason is committed only in times of war. There must also be adherence to the enemy and giving of aid and comfort.
    Moreover, she should learn the government policy on peace talks, (she should appraise herself of modern realities in international relations) and as a diplomat, she should know tactful communication (accusing the President of committing act of Treason in the media is very very very irresponsible, if not ill-motivated).

  • Anonymous

    To Lagman and Escudero, you talked too much and over analyzed. If you could please live in Mindanao for even just 6 months, existing and thriving as ordinary people like us – then you would appreciate how it is critical for us to move on with our lives beyond fighting. 
    Mr President, previous leaders tried to do the negotiations with so much grandstanding, media fireworks and technicality – with minimal result. Your style is right on the money – establish trust and integrity. You walk the talk. We, the ordinary people, like that.

  • Anonymous

    Deles is out to sabotage  President Pnoy. According to information, she is a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines.  I am afraid there is a fourth K hampering the movements of the administration – Komunista. Let’s keep Deles under close watch.

  • Anonymous

    There are always two sides…those who are positive people & negative people…Well risk management was not teach to us in school…Risk & benefit ratio…nevermind the talks..its all about peace and safety for the people. And I quote The insurgency should end. “Bullets cannot end war”..Diplomacy is.

  • Anonymous

    Tama lang na sa ganitong kaselan na usapan ay huwag isali ang media kasi gagawan at gagawan yan ng paraan ng taga media na magulo para mabili ang kanilang balita. Tulad sa isang sikat na estasyon ng TV na sa kanilang head`line ay “sekretong pagkikita” ngunit may larawan sa TV at mga peryodiko. iilan na lang kaya ang matitinong taga balita.  At yung diplomat na nagsasabi na treason ang ginawa ng pangulo, dapat sibakin siya sa puwesto. Diplomat pa lang siya akala mo na kung sinong pontio pilato siya na nasa ituktok na ng mundo at hindi maaring maabot ng nasa ibaba. Ganyang mentalidad ang dahilan ng kaguluhan sa mundo dahil walang magpakumbaba. Hindi kaya ito Obispo?

  • Anonymous

    escudero and lagman: mga ignorante. as renehok said, subukan nyong tumira dito sa mindanao. siguro naman seryoso si PNoy to forge peace with the MILF before his term ends. lahat ng president naman gusto ng legacy. unlike GMA, ibang klaseng legacy ang iniwan sa Mindanao.

    We, Mindanaons, are hoping that this is just an initial step. pagod na kami sa gyera. kaya kayo mga taga Manila, please understand the issue first before judging us here.

    Ito naman si Lobregat, napaka anti-muslim talaga yan. ano ba inaasahan natin sa isang dugong espanyol?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Yes out of the box indeed! Pnoy has demonstrated that he is willing to take the extra mile just to attain peace in Mindanao. Criticisms are normal but I believe that they are not really convinced of what they say. Ganitong klaseng mga approach ang kailangan ng bayan para maliwanagan ng karamihan kung sino talaga ang Boss si Pnoy ba o ang bayan at ang kanyang kapakanan. Chiz you are getting traditional kagaya ni Lagman!Tsk tsk…..

  • Anonymous

    Buti pa si Pnoy willing to go an extra mile to achieve peace in Mindanao, eh ang ibang politiko dyan, gusto lang mapasikat, mgpa importante tulad ni Chiz – hindi gingawa ang trabaho…tsk tsk tsk

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brando-Pascual/100002132017262 Brando Pascual

    What the President did was wrong. He just showed the government is begging for peace with the MILF. It now appeared that we are negotiating on the position of weakness.  Because of this, the MILF will demand more concessions from the government.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F54VUDPX3E6BQCUR5E3CG3SJMA Jonas

    well, ganyan talaga sa politika, kanya-kanyang gimik to have part of limelight.  I salute P-noy for the gesture.  I hope for peace in Mindanao soon.  Mindanao has a lot potentials.  Tama na gyera, it only brings the entire country down.  When P-noy started to hold office in Malacanang, i hoped that he would put up an office in Mindanao also.  It may be risky at start pero i think it is really worthwhile and could boost the economic progress in the area.  Sayang ang Mindanao.  As a nation, let us exploit its potentials in the local and international market regardless of religion.  Give peace a chance.  I hope P-noy would consider a satellite office there to show seriousness in developing MIndanao.  But before that, peace muna.  

  • http://twitter.com/dash_jezhua dash

    Inggit lang yan si Lagman kasi hindi nagawa ng boss nyang si pandak ang nagawa ni PNOY….. asikasuhin  mo muna ang distrito  mo sa albay

  • Anonymous

    To people who only meant to grandstand, nothing, not even PNoy`s best intentions, can silence and satisfy them. Credit should be given where it is due and to someone who very well deserves it! Unlike PNoy`s predecessor, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who made a surprise and a secret trip to China, like a thief in the night, just to personally oversee the signing of a highly anomalous contract and even while her husband was to undergo a critical operation, PNoy went to Japan in the same atmosphere but with a far reaching purpose and well-meant intention: TO SEEK AND OFFER A LASTING AND SUSTAINABLE PEACE for prosperity`s sake, not only of our muslim brothers in Mindanao but, of our country, as a whole. LAGMAN and ESCUDERO, given their records, should be the last filipinos to criticize a President who honestly and sincerely cares for our country and its people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6HPSTDYBLLOW2AYSNNCMURFRA kkk

    of course MILF changed their mind and dont want Mindanao to be separated from PH anymore, after all, a potential oil and gas to be found near that area 

  • Anonymous

    Para sa akin walang masama sa ginawa ni mr president. What the heck is wrong with peace?

  • Chua Bee

    ay si bakla…bading…homo…my opinion only

  • Anonymous

    He should be given kudos for this.those people criticizing him should be aware that the war in this part of the Philippines has been going on for more than a century and if he could negotiate a peaceful solution it would benefit every Pilipino except those who are making money from this .Escudero and lagman these are the kind of politicians who managed thru lip service.i hope this people will never become national leaders.

  • Anonymous

    Alam nyo ba kung bakit sa Japan naki pag secret meeting? dahil sa yamashita treasure na  tinago ng hapon sa Mindanao during world war 2 …sabi ni pnoy: Murad pwede bang protektahan mo ang mga hapon sa kanilang digging sa Mindanao may parte naman tayo dyan at permahan mo na itong contrata total undercover ally naman kayo (MILF Leaders only) mula noon ng Philppine Govt pangontra sa motive ng MNLF……Murad said: sige sige ilan percent ba sa akin? at pag marami na kaming pera ubusin natin ang mga MNLF at hingi ka rin tulong sa malaysia para lima (5) na tayo American Japanese Malaysia Phil Govt at MILF talagang maubus natin sila mga MNLF………PNOY: galing mo talaga Murad talagang matulungan mo kami sa pag tugis kanila.

    • Anonymous

      Ang mga hapon hindi nag-aksaya ng panahon sa Mindanao. Bata ka pa sa politika. Hindi mo nadinig ang Golden Budda. After the treasure hunter was cornered, the Golden Budda was presented by marcosmhenchmen to the public as Brass Budda. Magic ni marcos, ang walanghiyang diktador. Tunggak ka pala. Si Yamashita nasa Luzon. Paanong dadalhin niya ang nakulimbat niya sa Mindanao eh di na-cut off siya ng mga Americans. Sa palagay mo kung alam ni Murad o ng MILF ang kayamanan, hihintayin pa nila si Noynoy o ang mga hapon?. Pang-komiks iyang kuwento mo.

      • Anonymous

        ikaw ang walang alam! di mo alam kung bakit nandoon ang  US balikatan sa Basilan Sulu and Tawi-Tawi? binabayaran ang maliliit na bahay ng mataas may huhukayin lang ano yun? mag aral ka muna little boy wala ka pang muwang sa mundo alamin kung ano ang real motive ng japan before & during world war 2 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LQKEJXKGIZUKVPXSBXEMORFE3Y Dennis

    Given that peace is the path to progress, it only shows actions of President Aquino is indeed admirable and is for the good of all.

    • Anonymous

      how you be so sure of this?? are you from Mindanao? sa daming treachery nangyayari sa Mindanao.. di mon alam ano ang tama.. and all of this are the fault of the people from the Malacanyang. ( Malaca) by the way sa greek word is f..k your self. how fitting..  

  • Anonymous

    The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is the enemy of the Filipino people. Under our Revised Penal Code, dealing SECRETLY with the enemy is a crime of Treason, the highest crime. It is so disgusting that after those Phil. Marines were recently beheaded and noynoy ordered war “in the highest level,” here he is having intercourse with the enemy in Tokyo. What kind of President do we have? Can we hear from you AFP?

    • Anonymous

      In your puny mind, the MILF leaders are the same Abu Sayaf terrrorists? Para kang kapit-baryo ko, “itlog pa lang eh, ibon nah”. It is my observation that it is apparent that many Filipinos have lost the capability to analyze objectively. Probably, you have read the short story written by Guy de Maupassant about a a piece of string. You always associate malice in every move that the President does. And what did you post during Gloria’s term and even now that she is almost always behind the huge shenanigans that are slowly but surely being exposed to the public knowledge. You just ignore them, you don’t see evil. hear no evil and you don’t talk evil.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    This meeting should not be tainted by Escudero with politics no special agreements were dicussed. Lagman should have addressed his comment to Mrs. Arroyo; “The country is not the personal fiefdom of President Arroyo.” She acted during her term as if the Philippines was her fiefdom, its treasury her personal coffer and its citizens her family’s slaves. LET’S HAVE PEACE IN MINDANAO.

  • Anonymous

    The truth is, its a Psy-Ops strategy of Phil. Govt to distract the ongoing implementation of the 3rd phase Final peace agreement between GRP-MNLF thats why Malaysia now conducting a massive deportation of Bangsamoro particularly the Tausug tribe from Sabah, because Malaysia is tingling from MNLF Sabah Claims as a rightful owner as far as history is concern. Thats also the reason why Phil. Govt conducted a military operation in SULU that killed  the 7 soldiers and wounded many others. TRUTH always be denied but bound to be revealed.. Oppressor will not win forever they will come to an end. the apocalypse of 2012 is about to begin. Defender of TRUTH will continue to fight ’till the last drop of their blood.Since 1521 until today the Island of Jolo,Sulu never rest from war its almost 500 years of war experience generations to generations. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W32ATHRN3E3HBNCFZERFFBSZJM JJ oh Yeah

    In business I get this comment a lot: “Can I talk to someone IN CHARGE?”…We’re wasting time talking to guys like this because nobody is really in charge of these MILF or any bandit group for that matter…lets stop wasting resources on useless efforts like this…

  • isko daya

    Can you tell us what happened to the weird demand of the MILF not to allow oil exploration in Mindanao? Was there a concession arrived in order for them to get a share in the income that will be gained? What areas shall the government “give” the MILF as their “ancestral domain”?

    These are just some of the questions the non-Moro Minadnaoans should know the answers. The conditions that the government should deal with the MILF must be acceptable to the other Mindanaoans and not to the advisers of the President only. Some of them don’t really know what are the real situations in the island. Mindanaoans don’t even know if they have held consultations with the people and where were the consultations held. 

    It would be catastrophic if before the owners or  occupants of the lands know, their properties are already claimed by the Moros and subsequent bullying or harassments are done for the owners to fly away.

    Please let the people know the concessions or conditions behind this talk. Please, Mr. President.

  • http://twitter.com/superbok Jong Sumpaico

    Talangka mentality at its finest.  Sometimes we need out of the box solutions.  We need political will.

  • Anonymous

    Filipino citizens but with Bangsamoro national identity, ????kala ko ba  bawal ang dalawang identity – Filipino sa Filipino . tapos ang usapan! .. I Hope this President does not give in to their demands or else – Christians in Mindanao will rise up against this government! we are Filipinos.. stop these double standard issue. let them find work. let them work hard for their existence like other Filipinos are doing now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001852991728 Cant Escape

    Ang sama ng timing ni Pnoy. After what Abu Sayyaf did to the marines (Pnoy promised that ASG will pay), he’s now having a peace talk with MILF. Alam naman natin na may connection ang MILF with ASG. 

    Ang mangyayari neto, they will stop pursuing the ASG (kung meron man) because it may derail the ongoing peace talk. 

  • Anonymous

    the only way for peace to happen in Mindanao -if to finish them all. cmon. you have not been in these areas. at their control. try it.. you all will be amazed how crude their justice system is.. and just where did all the money go?? from the budget of Billions.. supposedly for brighter future>? wala!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7GFM7WOWABXLX54TUDHIEVDGY jordan

    Hala! Umalis ang “empleyado” ng walang paalam sa Boss.

    Tawagan ang HR! Madali?!!

    • Anonymous

      LOL, galing mo ah

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Owens/100002683811234 David Owens

    It is always wise to explore ways to attain peace and economic progress in Mindanao and other parts of the country, we must stop killing each other. Often, the reason for these so-called rebellions is social and economic injustice. 

    We may not feel the fruits and improvements these kind of peace talks bring during our lifetimes but I think it is high time for Filipinos to stop the crab mentality that destroyed us for so many generations and start doing our share in shaping our country’s future for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Mil/100002160424509 Fred Mil

    Edcel Lagman talking about transparency!?!?!?!? the gall of this man is UNBELIEVABLE .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJW3LXJGTGMGFSLHSU2W5BZGBM Benjamin Brillantes

    hindi na ba kayo (gobyerno) nanawa ng pikikipagusap sa muklo? unang una hindi sila united, hindi pwedeng pagkatiwalaan, may grupo na may support ang malaysia para matabunan ang claim natin sa saba. at ang mga yan ay tamad gusto nila yung madaling pag kita. marami nang namatay na sundalo katulad nina gen teodolo bautista atbp., marami na tayong peace talk pero hanggang sa ngayon inutil. ang dapat muna sa kanila ay magtayo ng isang bansangmoro para isa lang ang kausap  without bargaining. or total war at buwagin ang lahat nilang kampo. iisa lang ang ating hukbong sandatahan which is the AFP. GISING PINOY..pag ang muslim hindi mo nahawakan ikaw ang ko- kontrolin..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WFNX3V2GCVGOX2QYQKHALZYYSQ PANIS KA NA

      Ikaw, Benjamin, dakdak ka ng dakdak, wala ka namang nalalaman sa issue. Kung ayaw mo ng peace talks sa MILF, anong gusto mo, giyera ng giyera? Simula ng panahon ni marcos, giyera ng giyera, natigil ba ang problema sa mindanao? Ang paglutas ng problema ng mindanao ay para kang pumipigil sa pagtubo ng damo. Putulin mo nang putulin ang damo (military approach), tutubo rin yan uli pagkatapos ng ilang araw. Pero pag binunot mo yung ugat ng damo ( social, economic and political approach), tuluyan ng mamatay yan.

      Sabi hahawakan ang mga Muslim, paano mo gawin yan? Kung ang mga Kastila, Amerikano at lahat ng pangulo ng Pilipinas ay hindi nila mahawakan ang mga Muslim, sino ang hahawak sa kanila? Mali yata ang approach mo, makaluma at bullying tactic. Ang isyu ay hindi kung hahawakan ang Muslim o ang Muslim ang hahawak. Ang tunay na isyu ay kung mabibigyan ng tutoong hustisya ang napakatagal ng karaingan ng mga Muslim na bigyan sila ng kalayaang patakbuhin ang kanilang buhay ayon sa kanilang pamamaraan at pananampalataya at pangalagaan ang kaunti pang natitirang lupaing nilang unti-unti  nang kinakamkam sa kanila. 

      Benjiamin, alam kong hindi kita makumbinsi dito dahil sarado na ang galit mo sa tinatawag mong mga “Muklo”. Kung gusto mo ng giyera, ikaw na kaya ang mangunguna sa paglaban sa kanila sa Mindanao. Kung malupig mo sila, bilib na ako sa iyo!

  • Anonymous

    “You don’t negotiate with TERRORISTS Mr. President!!” kailangan pa ba i-memorize ‘yan!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G6FIYTDZBUENQMWWLBKKDDJSMA DEEDATA

    nice job PNOY

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6LAIJKBA2MRXQPYKYMRXFYN6JQ Kyouraku Shunsui

    i don’t see anything wrong if the president would like to talk about peace with the milf. who doesn’t want peace? some politicians will just say anything to get into the news.

  • Roman Guerrero

    Sure, PNoy may have failed to observe protocol but we must not forget that the MILF has for the first time signified (1) to give up their secessionist aspiration, (2) to take back their Filipino citizenship as well as (3) to downsize their claimed ancestral domain to only7 or 9 percent of their claim in the MOA-AD BJE which was rejected during the Arroyo administration. What appears problematic now is their absurd wish for a Filipino citizenship with Bangsamoro identity due to the fact that Filipino citizenship is founded or based upon first being a Filipino. This is saying that one needs to be a Filipino – by birth or naturalization – before one can claim Filipino citizenship. Something has got to be worked out. After all, in the BJE, Bangsamoro was an entity not an identity. And, perhaps too, some kind of a Filipino identity made acceptable (halal) to the MILF and Muslims may eventually be arrived at in a form of public sector participation into the Peace Process. This representation has a a proposal and is looking out for collaboration.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H5UGJ24WWYNWDBTAUCYB3B3ZUQ Aldo More

    Sa panahon ngayon, ang giyera ay dapat mawala na sa ating paningin dahil ang malaking giyera ngayon ay sa kahirapan. Ang ginawa ng ating Pangulo, walang masama sa pakikipag-usap sa mga rebelde kong wala naman silang nilagdaang napagkasuduan. At kahit na mayron pa, kong hindi ito idinaan sa tamang proseso, wala na rin saysay ito. Ang mga rebelde ay mga Filipino na rin, basi sa kanilang hinihiling na sub-states, kaya nararapat lang na kausapin sila ng Pangulo. Ang mga iba nating pulitiko na tumutuligsa sa Pangunlo, pumapapil lang yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SXOSFUCU6L3OVG2Z2PRCDTXAQ Sunn

    When Pinoy did not mention regarding the peace process in Mindanao;specific sectors in our society were complaining.Now that the president initiated a  talk,the politician are voicing their opposition.Whatever means that the way the president does as long at it will give hope to end the decades of instability in Mindanao,we just need to support him.There were endless orchestrated talk..talk..in the past but it just ended for nothing

  • Anonymous

    To Lagman and Escudero, you talked too much and over analyzed. If you could please live in Mindanao for even just 6 months, existing and thriving as ordinary people like us – then you would appreciate how it is critical for us to move on with our lives beyond fighting. Mr President, previous leaders tried to do the negotiations with so much grandstanding, media fireworks and technicality – with minimal result. Your style is right on the money – establish trust and integrity. You walked the talk. We, the ordinary people, like that.

  • Arcsolo

    well protocol or not, at least the president did something concrete. and to those who criticize the president’s move: you be in his position, what will you do (?), will it be effective? at least, what pnoy did made a positive impression. we can all hope that the Mindanao conflict ends.

    to the war-mongering peeps, do us a favor, keep it to yourselves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJRIJKTKJ7DD4UEK3CMXVYRP4A KandieSweetie2k2

    Nakakatuwa namang isipin na ang sinasabi ng karamihan na “abNoy” ay siya pang gagawa ng ganitong hakbang. I admire the President for what he did. I have long disliked politics, and the government as a whole–but if we have a President who’s honest and sincere in his intentions, then, perhaps, the public’s trust in the government will once be regained. Good job, Mr. President.

  • Anonymous

    To those who are against, have you tried talking to our Muslim brothers and sisters? Nakita nyo na ba anong klaseng pamumuhay ang meron sila sa Mindanao? Kung ndi pa, subukan nyo muna bago kayo magsalita kontra sa kanila. Ang nais lang naman nila ay kumain tatlong beses isang araw, makapag aral at  makaalis sila sa kahirapan. Ndi nila makakamit nito kung mayat maya ay may gyera at mayat maya eh ginagawang evacuation center ang mga paaralan na dapat ginagamit ng mga batang muslim. Kung ano man dapat gawin ng isang Pangulo bastat naayon sa batas para makamit ang kapayapaan eh siguro dapat nating suportahan.

    Sa panahon na ito ndi na uso ang gyera… ang dapat na labanan natin ay ang kahirapan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_25T2KLQI3KWV2HYC7ZSZ6QW34E Aqua Lung

    to lagman and escudero: binalita na nga, ano pang sikreto gusto nyo? kayo na nga mag chairman o mag presidente. ang ingay nyo. lunukin nyo na dila nyo! 

  • Anonymous

    Para wala ng giyera kaya pumunta si PNoy ng Japan para makipagkita kay Murad…okay ah…tingnan natin kung mapatigil nya rebelyon at terorismo sa Mindanao..

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/GY3Qlv96qtWcpAT6QTUzig8MQmQJ86l1#bdb9d zharzy

    if the president thinks that this is necessary to speed up the peace talks, then let us let him do his job. we are all entitled to our own opinions and also we are all given the right to decide for ourselves. as head of our nation, he has all the right to do what he think is right.
    let us just support him. after all, we voted for him right? he cannot do this alone. he needs us to back him up.



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