Beng satisfied with GPH initial proposal to MILF PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2011 17:24

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco has expressed satisfaction to the initial proposal presented by the Philippine government to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during the resumption of the peace talks in Malaysia last a week ago.

But the congresswoman appealed to both parties—the government peace panel and the MILF panel to continue negotiating and discuss all issues with the stakeholders and consequently come up with an accord that is acceptable to the majority of the people.

According to Climaco, the government peace panel headed by Prof. Marvic Leonen remains true to the request of the Zamboanguenos and the other people of Mindanao to protect the territorial integrity of the country by following what is stated in the Constitution.

The government peace panel submitted its proposal to the MILF during the resumption of the negotiations in Malaysia August 22-23. The MILF panel has recommended to central committee the rejection of the government proposal on grounds that it did not directly respond to the call for the establishment of a Bangsamoro sub-state. 
The Philippine government has stated that it can only negotiate what it can give to the MILF.

The resumption of the peace talks was done amidst apprehensions that the government panel will not take into consideration the sentiments of the people of Zamboanga and the other parts of Mindanao.

It is recalled that days prior to the August 22 resumption of the peace talks in Malaysia, Cong. Climaco convened the Mindanao bloc in the House of Congress to discuss primarily about the renewed negotiations. Prof. Leonen and other officials involved in the peace process were invited in the gathering where they assured that President Aquino’s marching orders is for the government panel to negotiate within the framework of the 1987 constitution.

While she is satisfied with the initial proposal of the peace panel, Cong. Climaco said hopes that the both the government and MILF peace panels will continue negotiating and tackle the issues together with the stakeholders with the end in view of coming up with a comprehensive peace pact that is acceptable to the majority if not all sectors concerned. — Marvin Segura