From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 30): President Aquino receives Malaysian facilitator in Malacanang
President Benigno S. Aquino III received Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato
Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed in a courtesy call on Thursday following the signing
of the final annex on the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro between the
government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last weekend.
Tengku served as the facilitator of the peace negotiation from 2001 to 2002
and from April 2011 until today.
Also present during the event were Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda,
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., government peace panel head Miriam
Coronel-Ferrer, peace adviser Teresita Deles, and foreign affairs
Undersecretary Jesus Yabes.
After meeting Tenku, the President also met the members of the Bangsamoro
Among those present were: MILF peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal, Bangsamoro
Transition Commission members Melanio Ulama, Asami Tamang, Said Shiek,
Fatmawati Salappudin, Akmad Sakkam, Hussein Munoz, Froilyn Mendoza, Raissa
Jajurie, Pedrito Eisma, Abdulla Camlian, Talib Benito, Robert Alonto, and
Other officials present were Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Secretary
Edwin Lacierda, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Defense Undersecretary Fernando
Manalo, and Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rafael Santos.
Government peace panel members Senen Bacani and Yasmin Busran-Lao were also
Last week, the President welcomed the signing of the final annex of the
peace agreement, the annex on normalization that will pave the way for the
crafting of a comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro.
With the signing of the final annex, the government will now focus on
crafting the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law that will be submitted to Congress.
The measure will then be subjected to a plebiscite.