‘We are for peace, just, long and lasting peace’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:08

“In the past few days after the signing of the Annex on Normalization and the addendum on Bansamoro waters, my statements and reactions have been used as sound bytes and I have been quoted in several national dailies. I want to state that I, like any other Mindanaoan, am for the attainment of an honorable, just and lasting peace in Mindanao.    “We are all in search for that ever elusive peace in Mindanao and we are all for the end of any and all armed hostilities.

“Definitely, I am supportive of the peace process.  I want the peace negotiations to succeed. And I do not want the current peace negotiations to end up like the failed Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD),  that is why I am citing certain provisions, raising certain issues and concerns regarding the Framework of Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) and its Annexes. There are ambiguities and questions that need to be answered.

“It is precisely that because we want the peace negotiations to succeed that we are hoping that the OPAPP and the GPH Panel will keep an open mind, listen and address these concerns by clarifying, reviewing and if necessary amending, modifying certain provisions if necessary, while there is still time.

“I would like to thank the President for his sincere efforts in trying to finalize the Peace Agreement and implement it within his term. The President is going the extra mile and this is indeed in pursuit of just and lasting peace in Mindanao.

“We reiterate- we are for peace, just, long and lasting peace—we are not anti-peace and we want the Framework Agreement to be comprehensive, acceptable, feasible and consistent with the Constitution and existing laws.”  — This is the statement of District 1 Conggressman Celso L. Lobregat on the GPH-MILF signing of the Annex on Normalization of the Framework Agreemen on Bangsamoro issued at 2:30pm, Jan. 29, 2014 in Zamboanga City