House minority bloc bats for transparency in GPH-MILF peace talks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:04

The minority bloc at the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the government for transparency in its peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

House Deputy Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, in a press briefing, said the minority bloc “insist on being fully briefed on the draft counter proposal of the government panel to the MILF proposal before it is actually presented to the Malaysian facilitators next week.”

The Philippine government (GPH) peace negotiating panel is set to have a meeting on August 22 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the MILF peace negotiator.
“We reiterate our call for full transparency in the peace process and full prior knowledge of the government’s action plan and desired end result,” said Suarez.

The minority bloc also reminded the government that “any proposal to create a sub-state within the Philippine Republic will alter the Constitutional basis and guiding principles of the Republic.”

Suarez said any proposal that is not within the bounds of the Constitution should pass through Congress and ratified in a national plebiscite.
GPH peace panel in talks with the MILF Chair Marvic Leonen earlier said the contents of the MILF’s Revised Comprehensive Compact which may have references to their proposed sub-state or a reworking of the memorandum of agreement between the MILF and the Philippine government (MOA-AD) “is entirely a position of the MILF and not that of the GPH.”

It would be recalled that the proposed MOA-AD of the MILF was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court before it was signed by both panels.
Leonen said the MILF’s release of details of their proposal to the public “is part of their effort to check the sentiment of various publics for their current positions.”
He said the GPH proposal to resolve the conflict in Mindanao will be presented to the MILF on August 22.