From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Sep 30): ‘Nothing will stop ARMM polls'
Next year’s elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will
push through despite the call of a ranking Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
official to have them deferred, a government official said on Saturday.
Rosalie Romero, Assistant Secretary of the
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, said the May elections
scheduled along with the nationwide midterm polls would proceed despite the call
of Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF political affairs
chief, to have them postponed until after the peace talks between the government
and the MILF shall have been concluded. “There will be no postponement. As far as
we know, it was just Ghadzali Jaafar and not the MILF which issued the call,”