Statement of GPH Peace Panel Chair Marvic Leonen on the 22nd Formal Exploratory Talks with MILF on August 22-24 in Kuala Lumpur PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 15:32

On August 22 to 24, the Government (GPH) Peace Panel will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the next round of formal talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The main agenda of the three-day meeting is the submission of government’s proposal to bring peace and development in Mindanao.
The GPH Panel will present its proposal to the MILF on the first day of the talks. This proposal is the position of the government, guided solely by national interest and based on our consultations with the different stakeholders in the Mindanao peace process.

Contrary to claims of critics, the GPH panel is not going to Malaysia to sign a peace agreement. We have learned from the lessons of the past and we will not repeat the same mistakes. I would like to emphasize that there is no “done deal”.

The MILF Peace Panel will have to review the GPH proposal and seek clarifications of its contents. The next step is for both panels, in the spirit of transparency and inclusivity, to consult with the stakeholders so we can forge a peace agreement, as nothing yet is final.
On the Umra Kato Issue

The GPH Peace Panel is viewing with serious concern the developments regarding Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). We will be seeking clarification on the status of Kato and the BIFF from our counterparts in the MILF.

In the meantime, we are deep into our preparations for the upcoming talks as the entire administration remains committed to the primacy of the peace process.