Beng reiterates: ZC supports peace PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:10

Mayor Beng Climaco reiterated anew that Zamboanga City fullya supports the government’s peace initiatives but will never be part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or any other Bangsamoro entity.

“Zamboanga City supports peace. We remain under one flag, one nation with united 98 barangays including our municipal waters directly and indirectly under one Republic of the Philippines,” the mayor emphasized, as the government sets today, March 27, the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The signing, she said, is a landmark accomplishment and its gains are for inclusive peace in Mindanao.

The mayor pointed out that Zamboanga City has affirmed its stand against inclusion in the ARMM or any Bangsamoro entity in two plebiscites and that the stand remains the same.

Meanwhile, City Police OIC Director Col. Angelito Casimiro said police and military authorities will continue to be vigilant in the light of the signing ceremony in Malacañang today.

When asked to comment on the signing event, the police official hoped that the agreement would deliver improvement to the lives and economy of the people and economy of Mindanao.

“Though we are not taking things lightly, there are some sectors that are affected [by the signing of the agreement] and so we will continue to be vigilant and the military and police will be on heightened alert,” Casimiro said during the Monday press briefing in City Hall.

The police official said there are no monitored information on movements of any group pertaining to the signing activity. However, he said the authorities will remain vigilant and will rely on the first responders, who are the people in the community for information.

In a press statement published in the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) website, GPH panel Chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said the GPH-MILF peace panels will sign the CAB, comprising  a  short 5-page, 12 point text that will formalize the completion of the negotiations.

She said CAB puts together all signed agreements made in the last 18 months, including the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), four Annexes and Addendum, the Ceasefire Agreement of 1997; the  Agreement on Peace signed in 2001 in Tripoli which laid down the agenda for the talks; the Declaration of Continuity of Negotiations in June 2010 which picked up the pieces from the failed MOA-AD of 2008, among others.

The four Annexes consists of agreements on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities, Revenue Generation and Wealthsharing, Powersharing, and Normalization.

The panels have also agreed on an Addendum on Bangsamoro Waters and the Zones of Joint Cooperation.

Five Terms of Reference for five mechanisms have also been agreed upon: the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT), the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP), the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB),  the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC), and the Joint Normalization Committee (JNC), the PIA press release added. — Sheila Covarrubias