Fabian fully supports local govt’s stand on GPH-MILF negotiations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:10

District 2  Congressman Erbie A. Fabian has reiterated a call for the government peace panel, currently working with the MILF to hammer out a peace accord in Mindanao, to keep the people informed on all ‘major points of agreements’ reportedly signed by both sides last month in Malaysia during exploratory talks there.

Fabian emphasized this was always his stand on the matter, for people here to be apprised every step of the way on the progress of the talks and for the people to decide approve or reject the accord by way of a plebiscite.

“This is the rightful way to go for both sides to work out the accord in accordance with the highest law of the land, our constitution,” Fabian added.

The solon said he shared the views of the local leadership on the matter and threw his full support to the move to ask the GHP panel headed by lawyer Marvic Leonen and Secretary Teresita Deles to explain these agreed points with the MILF.

Rep. Fabian reiterated his stand on the matter saying he was all for a peace accord in Mindanao, if only to finally end the long drawn conflict here with the various rebel groups but stressed the people’s will must be respected when they do decide on the matter by way of a plebiscite.

Peace accord is a welcome development but it must be a peace borne out of mutual understanding and respect for everyone, he said.

The Aquino government has assured through Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process ( OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Deles recently that before there is an initialing of a document that is to be signed, it is going to be publicized.

She said the president gives high value to this principle to ensure that any peace agreement entered into by the government will have the support of the people. Hence, it serves as a guide for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the government peace panel in the conduct of the negotiations.

Deles also explained the memorandum of instructions from the President which serves as the guidelines for the government panel in the peace negotiations. “(We are instructed to) learn from the lessons of the past. And the very recent past is the 2008 MOA-AD (Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain),” she added.

The MOA-AD was declared as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 because of the lack of public consultations.

Another instruction and guiding principle is for the government’s ability to deliver on the commitments made and agreed upon. It should be politically, economically, socially, and culturally acceptable.

“Our commitment is to come out with the best settlement the government has to offer. One that is reasonable and doable,” Deles stressed. —With reports from PNA