PH seeks Indonesia’s help in Zamboanga conflict


Presidential peace adviser Secretary Teresita Deles INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The government has already sought the aid of Indonesia, which is facilitating the review of the implementation of the 1996 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front, in resolving peacefully the hostilities in Zamboanga City.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles said in a statement Tuesday that the Palace pleaded with the Indonesian government as the head of the Organization on Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to mediate the peace negotiation as fighting intensified in Zamboanga City that left 87 dead and 60,000 persons displaced.

Deles said Indonesia responded to the request and gave instructions to the Indonesian embassy to the Philippines.

“Embassy officials explained to us that this meant that their lines would be open to receive and transmit messages from one side to the other that they did not see it to be within their role to proactively make a call to either side,” she said.

The peace process adviser lamented that prior to their approval, the administration sent their appeal to the entire OIC Peace Committee on September 12 but “none of the eight countries offered a proposal.”

The OIC is a group of Muslim countries that played a key role in the 1996 peace agreement that Misuari signed with the Ramos administration.

Deles clarified that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), led by Nur Misuari, has not expressed formally to Indonesia their intention to resolve the ongoing standoff, which now reached its second week.

“We understand from Indonesia that in the several times they received a message from the Misuari group last week, the only topic they raised was regarding travel arrangements to attend the meeting in Yogyakarta, until they asked for postponement of the meeting last Thursday (September 12),” she said in a statement.

On Tuesday, around 150 people taken as hostages by the MNLF were freed.

At noon Tuesday, however, the city police director Senior Superintendent Jose Chiquito Malayo and his two security escorts were held captive by the Misuari-led gunmen tagging them as “prisoners of war.”

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  • Pitbulldog

    Again, these OJT government oficials are in panic, seeking the help of a neighbor to meddle in its affairs. When you call for cessation of hostilities to be brokered by a foreign entity, this will only end up in a stalemate. Parang mga batang aawatin lang ang mga yan. What about the victims of this carnage, the lives lost and millions of properties gone? Another stupid step and the next time you will see, these idiots will be doing it again. They must pay for their crimes. The government should not settle for anything less than surrender and jail time for these Muslim bastards. Finish this as soon as possible. These rebels know they lost and are just trying to buy time hoping that the longer the fighting drags on, the pressure for this government to talk with them will be greater. Dapat araw at gabi binabakbakan ang mga lecheng yan para mangalumata ang mata sa puyat, bumaliktad sa gutom ang sikmura at lumabas ang dila sa pagod. Kulang pa yan sa perwisyong ginawa nila.

  • New East

    no foreign intervention please

  • dyeprey

    hell no!.. solve it GPH. no more negotiation please..

  • lostRunes

    Ano ba talaga? Sabi ni Noynoy, surrender or die MNLF. Bakit kelangan ng tulong Indonesia? Para kausapin si Misuari? BAKIT HINDI NALANG KINAUSAP NG MATINO IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    Stu pid Student Council Government. Isip isip pag may time.

  • Anak Dalita

    No Peace Deal. The MNLF started it then give them their day. Kill them off.

  • Alex Alvarez

    Anak ng teteng oo, akala ko ayaw ng negosasyon? Noong nagusap daw si vp binay at misuari, ayaw niyo dingin ang kahilingan ng mga mnlf, ngayon nagpapatulong kayo sa indonesia?

    • alex ca

      nakulangan siguro ng financial kaya nananawagan sa mga islamic nation ang mga terrorist.

  • dcjordan15

    Wow, even this kind of crisis needs other country’s help? I was wondering what crisis could the Philippines resolve without asking for help. I feel hopeless for my beautiful Philippines :-(

  • avmphil

    Another “calculated” mistake (putting it mildly), and we are back at the same level when Mrs.Marcos (not her mistake) ran around and got that Muhammar Gaddafi to come to the table. What happen? And what we got? Absolutely nothing, and more trouble. There is a sinister move by our neighbors behind that ASEAN smile, and why can’t we understand?!!!. We fight to get rid of these evil bandits and that’s all. Stay with our principals, fight and uproot a murderous “group” once and for all. Otherwise we are doomed. What did Malaysia do except to pump in more…. more sorrow and total division. When it’s a loosing game, the loser talks for peace. No way, we fight the scourge of this nation to very the end.

  • klepto

    Katarantaduhan lang ang alam ng mga mambabatas na flipnoid. Habang ang ibang bansa ay ayaw sa mga dayuhan na makikialam sa kanilang domestic issues, etong mga tanga at duwag na tauhan sa gobyerno ay siya pa nang-iimbita sa mga dayuhan na makialam. Klaro na walang pag iisip ang mga pu tang ina na nasa gobyerno natin. Tsupa ng uten at iyot lang ang mga alam.

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