Beng calls for dialogue between OPAPP, MNLF PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013 13:07

Mayor Beng Climaco said the national government should respond and dialogue with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leadership to resolve issues concerning peace treaties entered into by previous administrations and the secessionist group.

Climaco said this in reaction to queries about alleged declaration of MNLF founding leader’s declaration of independence from the Philippine government in Sulu in a recent gathering.

“If indeed there is a declaration and it is verified then it is the call of the national government to respond and dialogue with Mr. Misuari because the MNLF peace treaty that was entered into by the government and the MNLF needs further dialogue and process for its full completion,” the chief executive said.

Sans verification, the mayor would not say what the effect of the alleged declaration would be, but the mayor reiterated the city’s stand on the peace process. “The city of Zamboanga is for peace and the city of Zamboanga supports the peace process of the Aquino administration and we want that all of the dialogues between the MILF and MNLF and other groups for that matter be done and be instituted by the OPAPP as it is the government agency in charge to conduct such moves on the process of peace. ”

If indeed reports about the declaration are true, Climaco said it should be an eye opener for the national government to hold the dialogue with all the groups concerned stressing that every group and all the constituents of Mindanao are the stakeholders on the issue. “If we are to achieve peace in Mindanao, peace should be inclusive of all the different groups that would want peaceful process and coexistence.”

Nevertheless, the mayor said, amidst the threats and challenges besetting the city and the other parts of the region, the city continues to apply contingency measures to ensure the safety and protection of the people constituents.

The chief executive is in constant touch with police, military and other law enforcement agencies to discuss on peace and security issues. — Sheila Covarrubias