MILF panel chief blows top in latest round of talks

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal

The chief negotiator of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Mohagher Iqbal, reportedly lost his cool during the latest round of peace talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week, ostensibly because of a “seeming distrust” he felt from the government panel, according to a source close to the talks.

“The atmosphere during the talks last week was not that happy,” the source said.

However, it is nothing that cannot be resolved and the talks are still on track, according to the source.

“The annexes (to the framework agreement) will not likely be signed this year but that is not to say that the talks have bogged down,” the source said.

The apparent cause of Iqbal’s pique was the government panel’s insistence that the Transition Authority should be named the “Bangsamoro-led Transition Authority.”

The MILF wants it called the “MILF-led Transition Authority,” the source said.

Iqbal, who is almost always a “very gentle man” during the talks, became angry at the supposed lack of goodwill from the government panel, the source said.

This was the reason that the 34th round of talks, the second after the framework agreement was signed in October, ended in an impasse and without a joint statement being signed, the source said.

The framework agreement signed last October provided for the creation of a Bangsamoro Transition Authority under the Basic Law.

The framework agreement is considered the blueprint for the final peace agreement between the government and the MILF.

According to Chapter VII of the framework agreement, “all devolved authorities shall be vested in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority during the interim period.”

“The ministerial form and Cabinet system of government shall commence once the Bangsamoro Transition Authority is in place. The Bangsamoro Transition Authority may reorganize the bureaucracy into institutions of governance appropriate thereto,” the agreement said.

The source explained that insisting on the “Bangsamoro Transition Authority,” meant a recognition still of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which President Aquino himself has described as a “failed experiment.”

The source explained that this would allow the government to appoint whomever it wants to the Transition Authority, the source said.

“If you call it a ‘Bangsamoro Transition Authority,’ it would still mean including an ARMM-led local government. It appears that there would be no change at all with the present system, which was already considered broken,” the source said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I5DFERLJBMGIUMPNOJ5CDUW5LI Moon Raul

    Actualy this people are not filipino, they just cross from malasysia, indonesia. and become muslim filipino wich is not recorded, in the philippines law, this outsider trying hard to get the mindanao to thier own, how about the christian filipino in mindanao, what well happen to them? this MILF, ARMM, BANGSAMORO, ARE BULLSHIT, why not contnue fighting to this people, get rid them out. like tamil tiger in sri langka government kill them all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    We should have pulverized these so called “Filipinos” a long time ago. Never give in to their wishes. They are losing the war. Why give them authority? 
    A lot of Muslims in the big cities are civilized and have mixed in with society. Why can’t they do otherwise? 

    Bangsamoro or otherwise, these so called peace deal is a separation from the Republic. 

    Please check the birth certificates of these men. They are not Filipinos. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    Did the MILF recognize PHL sovereignty over these lands? I thnk not. 

    Learn from Sri Lanka. Tamil rebels defeated. Sri Lanka progressed. 

  • joboni96

    best nyan
    go to specifics

    milf should lead in the bta
    but not monopoly

    bring in whole bangsa moro
    kahit may mga iba’t ibang sultanates
    and groups

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Let the MILF, MNLF, and other muslim groups there talk among themselves over this peace plan for better negotiation.

    But of course this is just a wishful thinking, they would never unite.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Have patience, just remember the Philippines voted for a Palestinian state to be able to excercise their right for self determination and governance. Its the same and maybe better with the Bangsamoro and muslim Mindanao, the end will be the Bangsamoro Republic and hopefully it will also include Palawan and its islands.

  • http://twitter.com/grinolsson Grin Olsson

    The Philippine Constitution is based on the American Constitution. Therefore, the only possible remedy is to treat the MILF similar to the American Indians where they receive a reservation as an indigenous peoples. The Islamic concept of their “brotherhood” which is citizenship to Ummah Islam (nation(s) of Islam) requires any secular or Christian nation to treat them as foreign nationals versus a “clash of civilizations” will occur. If they are not treated as foreign citizens then their ideology is to colonize new territories for the inclusion into “Ummah Islam”. This can be alleviated by “reservations” where expansion of territories is not afforded.

    During the reconquest of Europe, the sole solution to peace by Europeans was to deal with them the way the Muslims dealt with Europeans which required conversion to a different religion. Europe was more amicable during the reconquest in that they did not enslave or kill Muslims but afforded them a mass population transfer where an Islamic Captain Barbarossa came to their aid and took the Islamists back to North Africa in 1492.

    I’m not sure about what is transpiring in the negotiations, but I do know that based on statistical probability where the Philippines is mostly Catholic that it is doubtful the majority of the People would afford an  ideology claiming religious protection with elements of both an Islamic government and military arm that would force Catholic conversions to Islam, by denying the individual right to believe or not believe in God or face death. I don’t see that happening in the future of the Philippines. And, if the MILF and other Islamic ideologies refuse to come to Peace, then the only alternative would be for the Philippine government to negotiation with Indonesia or Malaysia an exchange program where their Christians and other religions would transfer to the Philippines and those Muslims who live in the Philippines would be transferred to a Muslim nation in order to secure a final resolution for peace.

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