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MILF negotiator sees an impasse in peace talks with PH gov’t

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Mohammad Iqbal INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The peace negotiation between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) face rough sailing in Kuala Lumpur, with no assurance that the MILF would return on Friday to resume talks.

“We’re heading for an impasse,” MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said in a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

This was the same message Iqbal gave the government panel as their meeting adjourned on Thursday.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles and presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda are in Kuala Lumpur to reiterate the government’s commitment to the peace negotiations.

The government panel led by chief negotiator Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer has asked for an extension in the talks in Kuala Lumpur to further discuss with the MILF panel the wealth-sharing annex.

However, a source privy to the negotiations said the MILF panel was not certain if it would return to the venue of the talks on Friday to discuss the controversial annex.

“The MILF is still thinking if they would return on Friday. The MILF has nothing to lose. It’s the government that is trying to beat its deadline,” said the source, who requested anonymity for not having been authorized by parties to the peace talks to speak to the media.

Polly Cunanan, spokesperson of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), confirmed that the government requested for another day of negotiations.

The government was hopeful that the wealth-sharing annex would be signed during this current round of talks. The MILF earlier protested the changes the Aquino administration wanted to make in the annex even after the document prepared by the technical working group has been initialed.

The MILF said it would stick to the initialed document.

The OPAPP said on its Facebook account that the technical working groups of the government and the MILF signed the joint report on the normalization annex.

“They agreed to further discuss and find agreeable language in the next meeting,” the OPAPP said.


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  • kingkongbundy

    75% to the MILF?
    for them to establish a radical islamist state?
    for them to buy more guns and explosives?
    for them to coerce and intimidate non-muslims to leave their perceived “god-given” lands?
    for them to create a safe haven for terrorists, bombers, and miscreants from all nations?
    i pray to God that they’re not being taken seriously.

  • levis2012

    Give your finger to these rebels, then they will grab your arms… The ultimate goal of these Muslim Rebels is to make Philippines an Islam country by force… So they can impose their religion…. They just want to grab political power, hoard wealth, that they will use to grab more territories, until they occupy the entire Mindanao, and declare an Islamist State. That is exactly their ultimate goal, and they are using this “peace process” as stepping stone to strengthen and empower their positions, so they can declare a future war in a position of strength…. Gigisahin lang ang Pilipinas sa sariling mantika ng mga Muslim rebels na ito…

  • MShaf

    So many unfounded presumptions. Under ‘normalization’ annex, the whole of MILF fighters are to be absorbed into the regional armed and police forces. How could the absorbed MILF fighters buy more guns and explosives?

    Under ‘power sharing’ annex, Bangsamoro region could only exist as autonomy. Some administrative power are still under Manila. These administrative powers are managed side by side between Bangsamoro region and central government. How could Bangsamoro be a separate and radical state under that arrangement?

    Wealth sharing is something that must be talked to a satisfaction level. Money is never enough for anybody, at any place, at any time.

    Consider this, each state in Malaysia owns 100% of their resources (water, land, minerals, etc) except petroleum (Petronas manages in order to achieve economies of scale, states receive royalty payment). States like Sabah and Sarawak even control immigration and some other matters. So far, none of the states want to separate and none becomes radical. Of course there exists state pride like Sabah for Sabahans, etc, but that is allowed in democratic sphere.

    Only 2 years left before Asean Economic Community comes into being in 2015. PNoy cabinet is on right track.

    • keen barcelo

      agreed 100%

  • nakatutok

    hihingi lang yan ng pakimkim ULIT galing kay PNoy..this time baka pwede daw LAKI-LAKIHAN naman ang bigay….

  • Ako_Hiking

    There will definitely be an ‘impasse’ now that the elections are done. What motivations does Malacanang have to aggressively pursue a peace agreement? They are no longer trying to gets votes like before when it was promised that peace was already reached. but up to now still nothing. The other week peace was supposed to be reached in a couple and again now still nothing.

  • Patikotiko

    Don’t trust the MILF, they are just buying time and money and preparing to annihilate our soldiers.

  • disqusted0fu

    What does the Aquino government have to lose? The elections are over and many of Pnoy’s allies are now seated in the government. That’s all they cared about in the first place. So til the next elections again MILF.



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