GRP-MILF exploratory talks, padayon bisan pa sa gubat sa Central Mindanao

TAGBILARAN CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) – PADAYON ang formal exploratory talks sa gobyerno ug sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) sa Agosto 22 sa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia bisan pa sa nagpadayong gubat sa magkaatbang nga paksyon sa grupo sa Central Mindanao.

Matud pa ni Government Peace Panel Chairman Marvic Leonen, makisayod sila sa himuong pulong sa MILF sa resolusyong nahitabo aron masulbad ang internal problem sa mga magka-atbang nga paksyon niini.

Sa pagkakaron, mokabat na sa 3,600 ka sibilyan ang napugos og bakwit human mapiit sa gubat sa managkontrang paksyon sa MILF nga ni resulta na sa pagkamatay sa 23.

Gitataw ni Leonen nga wala pa ni uyon ang kagamhanan sa laraw sa MILF sa pagmugna og sub-state sa Mindanao.

Giingong hisgotan pa sa Agosto 22 ang himuong negotiating document o working draft sa peace negotiation. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Government-MILF exploratory talks set on Aug. 22

THE Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are scheduled to hold formal exploratory talks on Aug. 22 to 24 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Government peace panel chairman Marvic Leonen said both parties have agreed to fast-track negotiations and implement agreements before the end of Aquino’s term in 2016.

Leonen said the government peace panel was confident about reaching a political settlement of the conflict in Mindanao as the MILF was no longer demanding independence.  Leonen said the “historic” meeting between Aquino and the MILF chief indicated the administration’s sincerity and commitment to achieve a negotiated political settlement with the MILF.

Aquino and several Cabinet officials met unannounced with Murad in Tokyo on Thursday to discuss ways to move the peace talks forward.

Leonen said both parties agreed to work on solutions that are “feasible, practical, and politically and economically viable.” (End)

Malacañang: Aquino government sincere in efforts to win peace and development in Mindanao

MALACANANG assured Monday that the Aquino government is sincere in its efforts to win the peace that has long been elusive in the conflict-ridden parts of the country.

In an ambush interview following the celebration of the 44th Foundation Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Pasay City on Monday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said that President Benigno S. Aquino III has a clear grasp of the ongoing peace negotiations adding that all concerned government agencies have been exerting all
out measures to attain this common goal.

Coloma said that the actions being undertaken by the government peace panel are geared towards the interest of the Filipino people.

The PCOO chief also said that the talks to end the decades-old conflict is an active and changing process as he noted the possible development it could incur, especially in the Mindanao region.

Late last week, President Aquino met with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim where they have committed to forge a final agreement to end the conflict in Mindanao within the next five years.

The said meeting took place at the Ana Crowne Hotel in Narita, a suburb of Tokyo in Japan.

In their two-hour meeting, the parties agreed to discuss possible approaches in moving the peace process forward. Both agreed to fast track the negotiations. (PCOO)

Aquino and MILF Chair Murad agree: ‘We are not adversaries’

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III said that if he were to sum up in one sentence the outcome of his meeting with Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in a hotel in Tokyo, Japan last August 4, it would be that both sides agreed that they are not adversaries.

The President revealed this piece of information in an interview at the sidelines of the commemoration of the 110th Police Service Anniversary of the Philippine National Police on Monday in Quezon City. “If there is one central message that, to me, really stuck is the idea na “tayo ay hindi magka-tunggali (We are not adversaries),” the President said.

The President met with Ebrahim in hopes of ending the decades long war that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
He expressed confidence that through their meeting, a mutual “cooperation” between the two sides could be reached.

“I would like to think they will be cooperative as far as improving the situation, especially in the ARMM
(Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and Mindanao in particular,” the President said. (PCOO)

Malaysia to remain as peace talks facilitator

MALAYSIA will continue to act as facilitator at the resumption of peace talks in Mindanao.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo disclosed this Tuesday following the courtesy call
of Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman on President Benigno S. Aquino III in
Malacanang.

Romulo said Malaysia has been playing a constructive and positive role to encourage a
peaceful resolution in the Mindanao problem.

The President welcomed Minister Anifah who was accompanied by Malaysian Ambassador
to the Philippines Dato’ Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad.

Also present during the call were Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP)
Secretary Teresita Deles and DFA Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio.

Minister Anifah’s visit centered on Malaysia’s role in the formal peace negotiations scheduled
this month between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and Moro
Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

As its closest neighbor in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the
Philippines earlier decided to retain Malaysia as third party facilitator in the resumption of the
GRP-MILF peace talks, a role which Malaysia has assumed since 2001.

Since 2004, Malaysia also led the International Monitoring Team together with Libya, Japan
and Brunei which successfully contributed to the comprehensive peace process in Mindanao.
(PCOO/PIA)