MILF to GPH: Why - MILF to GPH: Why negotiation now not ‘conversation’ with MNLF?

  • Monday, Jun 17 2013
  • Written by  Luwaran News Center


A ranking member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has asked the government why all of a sudden there is a revival or resumption of the GPH-MNLF peace negotiation when it has been moribund many months ago.

“Why now it is called negotiation when the government especially Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles merely referred to it as ‘conversation,” Khaled Musa, deputy chair of the MILF committee on information, asked.

Asked about the motive behind it, Musa merely shrugged off his shoulders and say: “It is a pressure to the MILF to accept a lesser bargain especially on wealth-sharing. This is a form of driving a wedge between Moro groups.”

Musa scored the government for talking with someone (Nur Misuari) who is already part of the government and whose clout as a leader is very much suspect.

He likened the meeting as similar to a cat playing with its own tail.

Misuari ran for the governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during the last May 13 elections and landed a poor third place behind Mujib Hataman and Datu Pax Mangudadatu.
This is the third time Misuari ran and lost the  elections in the ARMM.
Hataman won over his rivals handily.

The meeting between the MNLF and government representatives is supposed to take place at the Indonesian Embassy in Manila on June 17-19 but source close to the government disclosed that it is postponed indefinitely.

There was no reason given for the delay, except that it was attributed to lack of material time to prepare everything for the meeting.

According to the source, Misuari will lead the MNLF team while OPAPP Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles the GPH group. Their focus of discussion would be the implementing rules and guidelines on the provisions of the Final Peace Agreement, signed on September 2, 1996.

For years the MNLF has protested the failure of the government, since the time of President Cory Aquino, to fully implement the FPA. Only the P-Noy government has promised to completely carry out the terms of the agreement, in consideration of preserving and enhancing its relations with the members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, specifically the oil-rich states led by Saudi Arabia.
 

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