Beng writes OPAPP about peace negotiation updates PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 13:30

House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco will communicate today with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) inquiring about updates on the peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

This, as she reiterated Zamboanga’s stand for non-inclusion in the proposed MILF sub-state due  to the previous plebiscites where the people voted to be out of the autonomous region in whatever form or name.

The congresswoman’s letter to OPAPP Secretary Ding Deles is a follow through of a meeting she and selected members of the House had with the OPAPP and the members of the government panel negotiating peace with the MILF recently.

During the said meeting held in Manila, the lady solon emphasized anew her stand that whatever negotiations that the government gets into with the MILF “should be within the parameters of the constitution to avoid a repetition of the MOA-AD-BJE situation in 2008”.

She likewise emphatically put forward the need for government and the MILF peace panels to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines in negotiating peace stressing that Zamboanga City has twice objected entry into the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

“They should respect the desire of the Zamboangueños that we remain as one Zamboanga City,” the congresswoman stressed.

According to Climaco, the OPAPP should provide a formal reply to the letter informing about the updates on the ongoing peace negotiations.

Reports say that the MILF draft agreement includes a number of barangays in Zamboanga as among the areas for inclusion in its proposed Mindanao sub-stated.

The negotiations should be within the parameters of the Constitution to prevent a repetition of the MOA-AD-BJE scenario, Cong. Climaco added referring to the 2008 situation when people from Zamboanga and other parts of Mindanao resorted to protest actions and petitioned with the Supreme Court the declaration of the said agreement as unconstitutional.
The Court then ruled in favor of the petitioners. — Rham Joseph Cabasag