Aquino shares MILF views says peace negotiators must be problem solvers

NEGOTIATORS of both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) must be problem solvers rather than trouble makers, President Benigno Aquino said echoing the statements made by MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim.

“Hopefully, if I can get everybody’s attention to the statement that chairman Murad said himself, iyong negotiating panel have to be focused, that they are problem solvers rather than antagonists. And I am very hopeful that, that is indicative that there is an intense desire to achieve a just and comprehensive peace agreement,” the President said referring to Murad’s statements.

The President’s meeting with the MILF leader as well as other high ranking officials of the rebel group last week in Japan was aimed at showing the government’s sincerity in pursuing the ongoing peace talks and at the same time fast track the negotiations.

Malacanang assured this week that it would consider the views of all stakeholders in the peace talks with the MILF before both panels meet on August 22 to 24.

According to Secretary Teresita Deles of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the government panel will continue to work with different constituencies in preparation for the said meeting.

In a media briefing last week, government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen said both sides were expected to discuss the significant agenda in the upcoming formal talks this month.

At the same time, Leonen said there was no “secret deal” forged between the government and the MILF during the Japan meeting adding that the Aquino government will not commit the same mistakes made by the past administration. (PCOO)

Gov’t. moves to help displaced families in Mindanao

The Aquino administration is leaving no stones unturned to effectively address the conditions of the people in Central Mindanao, who were displaced because of fighting between government troops and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Q. Deles disclosed the government is drawing up a general framework aimed to facilitate the immediate return and rehabilitation of the thousands of families in the region.

This as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Q. Deles disclosed authorities are also seeking help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to deal with the situation.

Deles said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP) in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is committed “to address the matter as quickly as possible.” (PIA Bohol)

Army doubts MILF sincerity to peace process

The Military doubts the sincerity of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in adhering to the peace process, Maj. Medel Aguilar, Commanding Officer of the 5th Civil Relations Group (5CRG) said.

According to Aguilar, the MILF has not made any effort to capture Commanders Bravo and Kato, who are members of their group.

He explained that the army is under the assumption that the MILF has prior knowledge of the planned attacks of Bravo and Kato and suspect that the group may be cuddling them.

“As long as they’re protecting these people, their sincerity to the peace process is in doubt” Aguilar added. (PIA/Bohol)