MNLF senior leaders reaffirm support to 1996 peace pact PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:36

Senior leaders and commanders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) gathered here on Sunday and came up a resolution, reaffirming their sustained advocacy to the primacy of the 1996 GRP-MNLF-OIC Final Peace Agreement and the current GRP-OIC-PCSP Tripartite Implementation Review of the FPA.

“Whereas, we, the senior leaders, commanders, religious, professional, women, and youth sectors of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), have met and discussed among ourselves and addressed important issues and concerns affecting the ongoing peace process between the National Government and the MNLF, particularly the FPA and its tripartite review whose objective is the attainment of the FPA’s full implementation,” the resolution read.

Copies of the resolution, signed by MSLF Secretary Abebakrin Lucman, MSLF Acting Secretary Abuamri Taddik, and attested by MNLF Senior Leaders Presiding Chairman Yusop Jikiri, were furnished the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), OIC-PCSP, President Benigno Aquino III through Office of the

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The resolution also expressed full support to the FPA and the continuity of the peace process towards the completion of the implementation of the FPA on the condition that the GRP would clearly define, clarify and recall the closure of the FPA that Secretary of Foreign Affairs conveyed to the OIC-PCSP chair through two note verbale (Communications) dated January 30, 2012 and March 21, 2013.

“We, the senior leaders and commanders of the MNLF who represent the broad masses of our people in the ground and acting on behalf of their general welfare and common good, hereby affirm our sustained support to the 1996 Final Peace Agreement and its tripartite review to achieve the full implementation of the agreement,” the resolution further read.

“The MNLF Senior Leaders Forum is ready to recommend among the leaders to join or constitute the membership of the MNLF peace panel for the resumption of the GRP-MNLF-OIC/PCSP tripartite meeting as soon as possible in order to conclude the process to the satisfaction of the concerned parties. And that we welcome the proposal to achieve sa more comprehensive and inclusive political solution to the Bangsamoro problem through convergenced of the two peace processes involving the MNLF and the MILF. This proposa may be addressed at the Bangsamoro Coordinating Forum as created and established by the OIC in December 2011 with the full support of the MNLF and the MILF leaderships.”

The MNLF senior leaders affirmed the peace partnership between the MNLF, GRP-OPAPP and ARMM as well as appreciate and welcome the ongoing program of OPAPP and the ARMM for the socio-economic development of MNLF communities in the ARMM and non-ARMM areas, as well as the distribution of benefits that accrue to the FPA, such as scholarship program, PhilHealth registration, cash-for-work program, sustainable livelihood program (SEA-K) and other benefits.

In a press conference, OPAPP Usec. Joe Lorena disclosed the government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program has been stepping up development in Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) communities through community-driven projects.

PAMANA or Peaceful and Resilient Communities, a program for peace and development for areas affected by armed conflict and communities covered by existing peace pacts, aims to address the problems on poverty, root causes of conlfict on the ground, illetarcy, as well as improve governance and empower communities.

“This has been a program workout to compliment other programs of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). There is a partnership between OPAPP and ARMM and the target beneficiaries are really the conflict areas, particularly the MNLF communiities,” Lorena said. — HG