By Germelina Lacorte
As Malacañang continued to parry criticism over the Disbursement Acceleration Program, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process came to its aid Wednesday, saying the proposed negotiated peace settlement of the four-decade-old Moro insurgency and reforms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao could not have been possible without the controversial fund disbursements.
President Aquino is seeking the “middle ground” with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) amid disagreements over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that was supposed to be submitted to Congress more than two months ago.
By Nikko Dizon
Professor Mohagher Iqbal, the stoic and often inscrutable chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, admitted on Tuesday he felt hurt and offended after seeing what he described as the “diluted” version of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law.
By Nikko Dizon
While no draft Bangsamoro Basic Law would be sent to Congress as it opens next week, a Bangsamoro government should still be in place before President Benigno Aquino III steps down in June 2016, Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said Tuesday.
By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
With the future of the Bangsamoro still hanging in the balance, Malacañang on Tuesday said it hopes the meeting of President Benigno Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Murad Ebrahim will be fruitful.