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What’s happening now in Zamboanga City is the consequence of the past mishandling of peace agreements. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) review of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) with the national government are now a subject of controversy of the Tripartite (Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC]-Philippine Government [GPH]-MNLF) talks. A look at what these peace processes had created is putting all parties concerned in a dilemma, if not in a state of confusion.
Beautiful images graced the Inquirer’s front pages the other weekend, except that they came with bold, gloomy headlines: “MILF unhappy with talks” (June 15) and “Talks deadlocked—MILF” (June 16).
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.
We do not know how many people were able to view President Benigno Aquino III’s dramatic Sunday afternoon announcement of the peace breakthrough, but there was one set of viewers in particular who watched the broadcast with the keenest attention: The peace negotiators of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, gathered in one [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
The glowing praises are richly deserved. After a protracted internecine war, one that has brought untold suffering on Muslim Mindanao, there’s real hope the war may finally end. Over the weekend, Aquino announced an agreement to forge a Bangsamoro state. “The ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) is a failed experiment,” he said. “Many of [...]
By Randy David
The “Framework agreement” jointly drawn by the negotiating panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is a significant advance in the protracted quest for peace in Muslim Mindanao. But, even as we bank on the inherent infectiousness of peace agreements, we should be wary about expecting too much too soon. The agreement, [...]
By Kristian Herbolzheimer and Emma Leslie
Today the Philippines is making the international news headlines, and not for yet another natural disaster, a new episode of tensions with China, or an ambush by the Abu Sayyaf. The Philippines is about to settle one of the most protracted armed conflicts in the world. And the world is taking note. Be prepared. International [...]
By Rina Jimenez-David
When he was still a senator and a member of the then opposition, President Benigno Aquino III recalled, he took part in a protest march against graft and corruption where he found himself marching beside Teresita “Ging” Deles. “I noticed that she was dragging her feet, and I asked her if she was not feeling [...]
The parties agree to the following principles, which shall further guide discussions on the substantive agenda of the negotiations. This preliminary list does not contain all points so far agreed upon and does not preclude future agreements on other key points.
By Rina Jimenez-David
That was quite a mouthful Sen. Chiz Escudero unleashed against presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita “Ging” Deles, and by extension, on the P-Noy administration’s peace policy.
The latest word on the ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is that the Muslim rebels have rejected a proposal by the government peace panel to offer them a system it calls “genuine autonomy.” This the MILF views as substantially falling short of its demand for a “substate” [...]