MILF withdrew claim for Zambo — negotiator PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 14:12

After the 32nd round of exploratory talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Zamboanga City has finally been excluded from any juridical entity or be part of any discussions in the future relative to the territorial issue, said Professor Miriam Ferrer, a member of the government panel.

In an exclusive interview over DXRZ-TATAK RMN yesterday, Ferrer revealed that the MILF has withdrawn its claim for Zamboanga City to be one of the areas that will form part of the so-called Bangsamoro Sub-State (BSS) subject of course to a plebiscite.

“Umatras na ang MILF sa usaping ito,” Ferrer said as she was referring it to the possible inclusion of Zamboanga City into the BSS.

She said that there have been no annexes or provisions in the initial talks appearing Zamboanga as one of those cities, provinces or municipalities which will be subjected to a plebiscite for its possible inclusion into the BSS.

According to Ferrer, the existing ARMM provinces, some municipalities in Lanao del Norte, some barangays in North Cotabato, the cities of Cotabato, Isabela City in Basilan and Marawi were specifically spelled out in the framework of agreement for their possible inclusion thru a plebiscite.

The 32nd round of exploratory talks between the government and the MILF held on October 2 to 7, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur successfully ended courtesy of the Government of Malaysia.

On Monday October 15, 2012, President Aquino is going to witness the signing of the framework of agreement which is a result of the successful talks between the two panels.

A joint agreement states that “The framework of agreement serves as the overarching architecture for the Mindanao peace process and provides foundation for a just and enduring peace Mindanao. It defines the powers and structures of the new Bangsamoro entity that will replace the ARMM. It sets the principles, processes and mechanism that will shape the new relationship between the central government and the Bangsamorpo.

It further states that “The details of the remaining issues will be spelled out in annexes that will form part of the Agreement. The Parties committed to continue discussions until the details are settled.” — Jimmy Villaflores