Deles assures transparency in GPH-MILF peace venture PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2011 13:30

The Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has assured that President Benigno S. Aquino III will not be signing any peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) until everything is made public.

Such assurance was made by OPAPP Secretary Teresita Deles in a huddle with newsmen during a brief visit to the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City on Saturday.
“That is what the President wants,” she said.

Deles said the OPAPP also has not accepted the MILF proposal of a sub-state in Mindanao as a “working document” as the government has it own position on the matter.

“The government does not want to deal with any documents which we could not implement. We have to negotiate within the bounds of the Constitution and all its flexibilities and learn from lessons in the past that upcoming agreements should be deliverable and transparent,” she stressed.

Deles described the recent two-hour meeting between President Aquino and MILF chieftain Al Haj Murad in Tokyo, Japan as “a goodwill conversation” and nothing more.
“It is merely a confidence-building measure to consolidate the concerns on the long-delayed peace talks so much so that the President would just like Murad to know the real situation on the ground,” she explained.

Deles also assured consultations with all stakeholders in the peace process as the government peace panel would soon come over to Mindanao and sit with various sectors in the region.

“The current administration would like to emphasize that it is different from the previous administration in dealing with such matter,” the OPAPP chief said, referring to the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) by the past Arroyo administration.

The MOA-AD offer was met with stiff opposition from various sectors due to lack of consultations and alleged shady provisions embodied in the proposal.
The Supreme Court subsequently rejected the proposal, describing it as “unconstitutional.”

Deles said the Aquino administration’s peace overture with the MILF is divided into four clusters, namely: the GPH-MILF current proposals; the MILF’s position on the fate of rogue MILF Commander Ameril Ombra Kato and his newly-formed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters; reforms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); and pending complaints from the mainstream Moro National Liberation Front in connection with the final Government-MNLF peace accord of September 2, 1996.

Government and MILF peace negotiators are set to meet in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday for the resumption of talks.