Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MILF: OPAPP’s Secretary Deles urges stakeholders to continue supporting peace in Mindanao

Posted to the MILF Website (Aug 12): OPAPP’s Secretary Deles urges stakeholders to continue supporting peace in Mindanao

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles have urged Mindanao stake holders to continue supporting the peace process after government and the MILF peace panels failed to agree on a compromise version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) draft in their 10-day workshops in Davao City from August 1-10.
Both panels agreed to extend for another week the finalization of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to be submitted to congress within this month. The meeting is scheduled to start on August 18 with no definite venue yet.

In a joint statement issued on Sunday, both GPH and MILF panels said substantial differences have been resolved and agreed to extend until August 18 to complete the draft BBL for presentation to President Benigno Aquino III who  will have to submit it to the congress for the passage of the basic law.

“We really need to ask the assistance of as many other parties as possible to help explain [the issues],” Deles said as quoted by Philstar.

“It is important to have more voices, more informed voices helping to clarify... The call is really for everyone who thinks this is important. And I believe there are many of them and many of them have come forward.  The business sector, for example, has already said this is important and more of them are saying: ‘yes we want to be part of helping to clarify.’ And there are others, the religious, the civil society, and of course, the academe,” Deles added following questions on issues surrounding the delay of the draft BBL.

“We ask again everyone who wants to accompany the peace process to be ready for that (sustained campaign),” Deles said.
Deles also hoped the people have understood that government and both peace negotiating panels are on track to overcome the challenges in finalizing the draft Bangsamoro basic law.

“This will not be the last of it, but we will continue to pursue it in this way,” Deles said.
Deles added that the OPAPP will exhaust all efforts and assure the people that the BBL they are working on deserve the support of the Congress.

Meanwhile, GPH chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer on Monday told Catholic station dxMS in Cotabato City that, “The two panels will present and discuss what had been accomplished in that meeting with their respective principals,” apparently referring to President Benigno Aquino III, and the MILF Chieftain Hadji Murad Ebrahim.(Source: Philstar, August 11, 2014)
The chairman of the MILF’s peace panel, Mohagher Iqbal, has described as “difficult and challenging” the 10-day meeting.
Iqbal said the MILF remains steadfast in pursuing peace to resolve the Mindanao Moro issue.

“The only option is a peaceful negotiation, one leading to lasting peace in our homeland,” he said.


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