1st-Apluma!: We could only hope PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:49

BY Ismael Amigo

We could only hope for the success of the on-going peace negotiations between the MILF and GRP if only to spare the civilian population from getting caught in the crossfire between soldiers and so-called splinter groups of the MILF.

We also hope for Malacanang to appoint soonest an officer or officers in charge in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Methinks, in doing so would somewhat give people in that region a psychological foothold on their lives, an interim leader with which they could relate and look up to follow.

There should be no more problem in that piece as the Supreme Court (SC) upheld the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10153 otherwise known as the law allowing President Aquino to name an officer or officers in charge in ARMM.

This is the same law that authorized President Noy to postpone the ARMM elections and synchronize it instead with the 2013 midterm polls.
It’s nothing big but just a small step back into the negotiating table for GRP and the MILF.

Of course, it’s good to note the negotiating panels resumed last week their informal peace talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia notwithstanding the gruesome Oct. 18 incident in Basilan where MILF rebels killed 19 soldiers during an encounter.

But of course, government Sec. Deles will reportedly bring it up together with government panel chief negotiator Marvic Leonen in the informal talks.

Another news worth mentioning is the renewed stand of the MILF as it reaffirmed its commitment to cooperate with government in efforts to run after lawless elements and “lost commands” that might seek refuge in areas they are occupying Leonen said.

This was allegedly made during the said “informal executive meeting” or two days after Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs, admonished that his group would not surrender their deputy commander in Basilan and his men who were tagged responsible for the killing of 19 Special Forces soldiers in Al Barka town, Basilan.

Add to it the statement of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin even as he vowed to capture Dan Laksaw Asnawi, the fugitive commander of the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF) but at the same time assured the public that no bloodshed would occur unless soldiers are provoked.

This will be done accordingly with the local police.

We could only hope, Asnawi will just surrender amicably. And that would only be the situation, we believe, to be of zero bloodshed.
We could only hope.

Meantime, the biggest stumbling block between the GRP and the MILF still rests on issue of creation of a Muslim sub-state in the predominantly Christian population in the country’s Mindanao region.

Again, we could only hope, they could find a way to settle that, amicably. — Email esns03@yahoo.com/Mobile 0915-5517486
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