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By Rina Jimenez-David
Have we now had our fill of the evolving drama swirling around Vhong Navarro, Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo?
By Rina Jimenez-David
Asked if, after the passage of the planned “basic law” defining the Bangsamoro of which he will be the prime drafter, Mohagher Iqbal will retire from public life, the chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front panel in the peace talks with the government grimaces a bit.
By Conrado de Quiros
It’s too early to bring out the celebratory champagne, the peace deal has constitutional issues that need threshing out, says Juan Ponce Enrile. “Everybody hopes for a peaceful settlement of the problem, but at what price? Is it commensurate to the peace that we want or is it going to be just like what PM Neville Chamberlain of England concluded with Hitler?”
By Randy David
The big topic of coffee shop talk these days is not the signing of the last annexes to the peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
We are glad that the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has finally sealed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
By Randy David
As one who has avidly followed the twists and turns of past efforts at forging peace with the Bangsamoro, I can only marvel at the diligence, care, and patience that the present negotiators from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have shown in crafting a document that can be accepted by their respective principals.
By John Nery
Can the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front still end in failure? We got a reminder in recent weeks that peace with the MILF remains very much a work-in-progress—and that progress is never guaranteed.
The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) congratulates the negotiating panels of the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for the signing of the Annex on Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing. We laud the panels’ steadfast resolve to achieve a compromise regarding such a contentious and important issue.
It’s a breakthrough, indeed—the wealth-sharing agreement that the peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed recently, hurdling the one big hindrance that had threatened to scuttle the talks just a few weeks ago. Earlier, the MILF had complained bitterly that the delay in the signing of the Annex on Revenue Generation and Wealth-Sharing was sowing frustration in its ranks and breeding doubts about the genuine sincerity of President Aquino’s administration to arrive at a comprehensive peace agreement for Mindanao.
We are confused. According to the chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), his camp is unhappy about the current pace of the peace talks between his group and the government (“MILF unhappy with talks,” Front Page, 6/15/13). But back here in Manila, President Aquino’s spokespersons categorically claim that the President himself is satisfied with what is happening at the negotiating table.
Even in ordinary, everyday life, missed deadlines are no trifling matter. When something is not done or delivered or paid for at the agreed-upon time, there are consequences. A student who turns in a late assignment runs the risk of a failing grade. A bounced check can land its issuer in court for estafa. A business supplier unable to produce the required goods under contract faces legal liabilities. And employees habitually tardy at completing their tasks may find themselves out of work sooner or later.
By Amando Doronila
Talks resumed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week to try to break the impasse over the establishment of an autonomous Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao.