RPOC calls for urgent peace panel-WM execs consultation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 April 2012 13:52

The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chaired by Mayor Celso Lobregat Tuesday urged the government peace panel through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to urgently conduct consultations with local government unit leaders in Western Mindanao before a final deal is forged with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The move, intended to ensure a “true, genuine and transparent consultations” with the LGUs and other stakeholders was sponsored by Sibugay Governor Rommel Jalosjos and seconded by Governors Rolando Yebes and Antonio Cerilles of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, respectively. It was one of the total eight resolutions approved during the second RPOC meeting held at the Garden Orchid Hotel, April 24.

“We ask that the peace panel come to us and consult with the governors and mayors of Region 9 to have a true and genuine and transparent peace agreement”, Mayor Lobregat said.

He lamented though that the peace panel, headed by Atty. Marvic Leonen, has not fulfilled its promise to come to Zamboanga to consult with the leaders and others sectors. “Actually the peace panel has promised [to consult with us] last year, September, we are now April and we have not been consulted since then”.

“We are very weary and worried about that, so we passed a resolution saying the peace panel should consult the LGUS of Zamboanga Peninsula including Isabela city as soon as possible,” the mayor said.

Latest reports reveal that the government and the MILF have agreed to create a new autonomous political entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Reports say that the GRP and the MILF panels had signed a document that contained their decision points on principles during the 27th round of talks held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia the other day. — Sheila Covarrubias