Fabian lauds GPH for not acceding to MILF demands PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 16:16

District 2 Rep. Erbie A. Fabian lauded the government panel for not acceding to the demands of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for the creation of a sub-state here in Mindanao as a pre-requisite for signing a peace accord.

Rep. Fabian, one of the staunch advocates of keeping the city out of any autonomous region, said creating a sub-state for the MILF is unconstitutional and is tantamount to dismembering the sovereign state of the country.

Besides, Fabian added the government has already invested a lot in the autonomous region for Mindanao to provide the rebel groups a structure by which they can enjoy self governance.

He said a sub-state at this time is simply not an option and can be too steep a price to pay for lasting peace.
He however clarified, his stand as with the majority of officials and the populace here must not be mistaken for not wanting peace.

He said time and again he has stated it is his as with the peoples’ aspiration here that lasting peace be achieved for real progress and development to start in Mindanao.
He cited the Zamboanga City example, as a testament to what peace can bring about noting the city has made tremendous stride in terms of economic and industrial development as the city of late settled into relative calm and peace.

Everybody must invest in striking a peaceful settlement in the long drawn conflict of Mindanao, as all have high stakes riding on it.

The time for Mindanao to develop has arrived, the solon added and everyone must support a drive for peace in the land of promise.

Fabian added they in congress will continue monitoring closely developments in the ongoing peace talks and expressed optimism an agreement can be struck soon.
The MILF has reportedly turned down the government panels counter offer which did not include provisions for the establishment of a sub state in Mindanao being its chief demand among many others.

The Government panel is headed by chief negotiator Marvic Leonen while the MILF panel is headed by Mohagher Iqbal.