Gov’t, MILF meet for ‘last talks’

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

ILIGAN CITY—Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiators will meet today in Kuala Lumpur for the 37th exploratory talks which could be their last in the 16-year peace negotiations facilitated by Malaysia.

The three-day meeting will principally tackle the remaining three annexes to the preliminary Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) that the parties inked on Oct. 15 last year. These are for power-sharing, wealth-sharing and normalization.

“At the rate we are going, our upcoming exploratory meeting might be the last,” MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

A fourth annex, on transitional arrangements and modalities (TAM), was signed last month.

When done, the four annexes plus the FAB will comprise the comprehensive agreement that spells out the measures to address the Moro people’s aspiration for self-governance.

Earlier, government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer expressed optimism the comprehensive agreement would be up for signing by April.

After last month’s breakthrough with TAM, Ferrer likened the negotiations to the crucial stretch, called the Heartbreak Hill, of the famous Boston Marathon.

“So we’re halfway through that Heartbreak Hill, and soon we will finish the marathon,” she has said.

David Gorman, outgoing country representative of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, which is part of the International Contact Group of the Mindanao peace process, described the parties as “just so close to the finish line.”

Gorman said the parties “crossed Heartbreak Hill” during last month’s exploratory meeting.

In a recent post in the MILF website, Iqbal was quoted as saying that “the issues concerning wealth-sharing is already settled but not yet signed.” Ryan D. Rosauro, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • lostRunes

    Sa Malaysia pa! Pagkatapos di pansinin ang hiling nating bisitahin yung mga sugatan na Pilipino at magtigil putukan, sa Malaysia pa tayo mag kakaroon ng peace deal sa MILF!

    Di ko alam talaga kung nag tatan gahan ang mga advisers ng presidente o sadyang may malaking utang ng loob itong si Noynoy sa Malaysia. Hindi na ito usapin kung tama o mali ginawa ng Kiram, ito ang pagtrato ng Malaysia sa Pilipinas ng pantay!

    MILF na pinatay sundalo natin, hindi kinasuhan; kinampihan pa. Mga Filipino na pinagbabaril ng malaysia, pagtakas nila sa Sabah kakasuhan! Ang malaysia pa kakampihan! WAAAAAAHH!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJE7YIK75NBNAHXBLR7R2DB47Q frank

      the MILF the breakaway group… the traitor… have peace deal with government OMG… then Sabah is at stake….

  • YoungGen

    Parang ka-level pa ang Phil gov’t at sa ibang bansa pa gawin. Why not here in Zamboanga, Davao o Manila?

    • http://twitter.com/wadjitzain coty

      because, Malaysia is Truly Asia! and our govt. officials just loves to go shopping in Kuala Lumpur?! derisive laughter!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJE7YIK75NBNAHXBLR7R2DB47Q frank

      kasi pag sa pinas.. wlang per diem… gusto rin sumakay ng eroplano…

  • Jamaliah Mctøraasen

    At present, the MILF is becoming apprehensive about the GRPH capability in taking a lead in implementing the Genuine Autonomy in the Bangsamoro Land for the following reasons:
    High Poverty Incidence in Philippines — some 20.5 percent of Filipinos or about 4.1 million families are going hungry while 51 percent, or some 10.4 million families, consider themselves poor, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations. The 2011 hunger incidence index report for Philippines in 2010 is 11.5%.
    Economic Mismanagement by the GRPH — Philippines has become the second least attractive investment site in ASEAN.
    Incorrigible Culture of Corruption in the GRPH — the PERC Survey that says Philippines is most corrupt nation in Asia.
    High Human Rights Abuses by the GRPH — According to Pulse Asia study, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is most corrupt agency of the Philippine Government. The United Nations Security Council and the U.S. State Department also reported a high incidence of human rights violation by the AFP. Instances of torture in detention cells of the Philippine National Police have also been reported by other sources. The Philippine government forces were also trained and initiated into the organization using inhumane methods such as torture, hazing, and maltreatment; thus making each of them tolerant to the sight of human suffering.

    • ARIKUTIK

      What a Donk ! Kausapin mo ang iyong Pwet baka sakaling makumbinsi mong umetsas.

    • kismaytami

      Haven’t you seen the hands of malaysian thieves in disassociating Mindanao from the Philippines? There’s no such thing as bangsamoro, it is a plain invented word of this terrorist group supported, funded and armed by malaysian thieves. Had malaysia not meddle with Mindanao, there would have been genuine peace there.

  • ARIKUTIK

    The best comment I can come up with regarding MILF and Penoys lapdogs in Malaysia IS > An Abnoy is an Abnoy no matter what ! even if Malaysia is murdering Filipinos. An Abnoy will insist to be pres. Aquino.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJE7YIK75NBNAHXBLR7R2DB47Q frank

    if this peace deal post true, 100% no peace at all… if you give chance to peace, its should not be one sided…. or it will not be sucessful

  • allanbeltran

    malaysian mediators are no longer credible as peace middlemen. on the contrary, they are the killers and abusers of our people, exploiting, degrading and forcing them out of sabah. How would it be successful when the malaysians cause a lot of human lives and a genocide of the tausug tribes. conscience dictates that this is only a moro moro of sorts for the phil govt and the milf.. i hope that the peace process next time will be only OUR govt and the rebel movement whichever rebel movement. WE, are now the laughing stock of ASEAN as our govt. is inutil and cannot stand up on its own to handle and manage our country’s peace..SHAME ON YOU PNOY GOVT…tsk tsk…kakahiya ka amo..

  • allanbeltran

    sintido comon PNOY, bakit naman ulit sa malaysia ang inyong usapang pangkapayapaan ng milf bakit hindi na lang sa mindanao, sa davao o sa cotabato city??pinagtatawanan na tayo ng mga taga asean dahil dito..ano ba nag hindi tama kung dito sa pinas gagawin itong peace deal??

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