PH-MILF talks to press ahead despite bloody Sabah standoff

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will resume peace talks next week in Malaysia, even as followers of the Sulu sultanate are embroiled in conflict with Malaysian security forces there.

“As far as we are concerned, it will resume as scheduled by third week of March,” MILF spokesperson Mohagher Iqbal told reporters Wednesday.

The discussions would include “power sharing, wealth sharing and normalization.”

The spokesman also said that peace talks will not be affected by Sabah conflict, saying it was “another issue.”

He declined to comment further on the Sabah crisis, as it was a “complicated” matter.

He said the bloody Sabah standoff has no effect on the peace talks, adding that it was a “separate” issue.

“Anyway the two governments, the Malaysian government and the Philippine government are trying to resolve the issue as soon as possible, bakit i-complicate natin ang issue (why we should complicate the issue),” he said.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.maldito.7 Josh Maldito

    I hope by now MILF will realize that their patron which is Malysia does not consider the Filipino Muslims as their equal. Now the whole world know how Malaysian treated the Filipino Muslims in Sabah, Malaysians treat them like animals! Its been several decades Malaysians are using the Filipino Muslims to wage war against Fellow Filipino in the guise of religious war they convinced the Filipino Muslims that as Muslims like them they care for them as fellow Muslims and while Filipinos are killing each other in Mindanao Malaysia is busy harnessing the natural resources of Sabah. Now the whole Muslim world knows how brutal the Malaysians are towards the Filipino Muslims…I hope Muslim Filipinos will wake up! its not about religion! its all about nationality and race at the end of the day no one will help a Filipino but his fellow Filipino.

    • http://www.facebook.com/josh.maldito.7 Josh Maldito

      …does the Malaysia see the Filipino Muslims as MUSLIM therefore their equal? NO! they look at you not as Muslims but as Filipinos! and they look at you and treat you like animals! you don’t believe me? ask the Filipino Muslims leaving in Sabah.

      • headhunter

        Josh, expand you horizon a little bit. Don’t simply look at Malaysia as “muslim”. It is a multi racial country with many religions. Muslims make up abt 60%, meaning it is not Muslim per se.

        You inequality consipracy theory and claimed of being teated as animal is baseless. Time that you elevate your own perception that you are no less important human being therefore must not bother to think of being looked down at by others.

        Right now Malaysians are hunting Suluk or Tausugs terrorists. The real terrorists hide and pretend to be villagers. Some innocent villagers have got into trouble – whose fault is it?

      • Tiny LOrd

        we buried your terrorist brother due to their religion that is Islam…..did you know that your terrorist brother buried their comrade like an animal?????they just put their dead in a big hole covered with only oil palm leaf….we regard them as a muslim same like us….but did they regard their own as muslim????? last question….. our soldier risk their lifes to retrieves the terrorist dead body to buried them as muslim…..but they use our kindness for their own benefits…..they shot our soldier whenever we want to take their dead brothers and buried them as muslim????? why???? is this what we got after we show our kindness as human and as muslim just like them????

    • headhunter

      Cheeeyyy I can’t believe that Phillipines is so stupid to let M’sia do that for so long…if what you said is true, then you admit Phillipines has been so stupid for a long time….are you willing to admit that?

  • mekeni62

    still after the Nobel Peace Prize I guess.

  • Ari Putan

    MILF must reexamine the participation of malaysia.
    Are they really for real peace or for OIL in Mindanao ans Sulu Sea?

  • disqusted0fu

    It’s weird that this peace pact sponsored by Malaysia will continue despite the crisis in Sabah where Filipinos and Malaysians are killing each other. How can you continue talks about peace when your countrymen are battling it out? The PH is so disunited, it’s every man for himself. And Pnoy’s selective mentality is just making it worse which the Malaysians are taking advantage of.

    • Tiny LOrd

      just 1 question….who invade sabah??? they said they want to live in peace here….but why brings weapons??? there are many pnoy in sabah…they all live in peace until this kiram terrorist came in with their guns?????

      what will you do when malaysian going to live in philipines but they brings their guns with them??? do you feel threaten?? or you does not feel anything???

      we have given them opportunity to lay down weapons and send them back to their village…but they insist that they will not lay down their weapons…..so what choice we have????

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