OPAPP consults senators on GPH, MILF decision points documents PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 May 2012 14:32

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles has consulted senators, led by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, on the Decision Points Principles (DPP) signed recently by the government peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that will serve as a framework for the signing of a final peace agreement with the rebel group.

“We would like to hear your feedback regarding the decision points,” Deles told the senators Thursday.

The government peace panel, headed by Prof. Marvic Leonen, and the MILF signed the document during the 27th formal exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur last month.

Leonen has assured that any peace agreement with the MILF should be within the bounds of the Constitution. Thus, members of the Senate and the Congress are being consulted about the DPP, a preliminary listing of 10 standpoints mutually identified by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and MILF panels.

The listing includes the creation of the new autonomous political entity to replace the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), continuity of peace negotiations, promotion of basic rights, strengthening of Shari’ah courts, and power and wealth sharing between the national government and the new entity.

Leonen emphasized thoroughly the decision points and clarified that they were “interim” and subject to modifications as both the GPH and MILF panels conduct their own consultations and engage in continuing negotiations.

The panel chair answered questions posed by the senators and noted the opinions and recommendations of the lawmakers on some aspects of the negotiations.

The GPH panel has already conducted more than 70 consultations since it was reconstituted by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

With the signing of the documents, the goals and directions of the negotiations have become clearer.

Deles appreciated the senators for granting her request to have an audience with them.

Aside from Deles and Leonen, the other GPH panel members who attended the meeting were Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Senen Bacani, Hamid Barra and Yasmin Busran Lao.

On the other hand, the Senators who accompanied Enrile during the consultation included Senators Teofisto Guingona III, Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, Francis Pangilinan, Edgardo Angara, Franklin Drilon and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel.

Guingona is the chair of the Senate Peace, Unification and Reconciliation Committee.

Deles and Leonen will also brief members of the House of Representatives on this regard.