MILF asks gov’t to withdraw newly-proposed peace pact

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — Officials of Philippines’ Moro Islamic Liberation Front have virtually asked the Aquino administration, through the Malaysian official facilitating the peace process between the rebel group and the government, to withdraw its recently-proposed peace pact.

“The only possible way of (moving forward) is they move out of their 3 in 1 (proposal),” said MILF peace panel vice chairman Michael Mastura.

The government’s 3 in 1 proposal was submitted to the MILF during the last round of talks held in Kuala Lumpur between Aug. 22 and Aug. 24.

The proposal was in response to the MILF’s Comprehensive Compact Agreement submitted to the government last year. The MILF proposal includes the establishment of a Bangsamoro sub-state which they said will solve the problems in the South.

Government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen has said the 3 in 1 approach includes components, such as massive economic development, political settlement with the MILF, and cultural-historical acknowledgment.

Mastura noted that the MILF and the government panels have previously entered into a Declaration of Continuity. MILF officials have earlier said the government offer did not take into account previous agreements.

Mastura said,”They want to deal now, only the present. Is there a peace process like that?…Its very clear that our last document was a Declaration of Continuity.”

“That is not a new deal, it’s a continuation of unresolved points. This means in graphic term that we go back what was agreed in consensus points. If they are going to deny that consensus points, then this government is not negotiating with good faith,” he said.

These agreements, he said, includes the reframing of the consensus points under the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 2008.

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  1. As mentioned last week, that the Peace deal between MILF and the Government of Philippines with the main target of the Sub State will not succeed, because:

    1. The Sub-state which is a continuation of the ancestral domain was unconstitutional and canceled
    2. The Sub-State region is not very clear, and therefore it is only a continuation of the renewed ARMM which is the domain of the MNLF.

    As a Muslim I would argue that this struggle suffered a setback from the desire for independence to the ARMM and the Sub-State, why is this happening?, because they always rely on third parties. MILF for example make Malaysia as the backbone so the MILF negotiation is Malaysian negotiation with the Government Philippines.

    Malaysia as a small country with a minority Muslim population (if India and China unites against Malay) have a very clear tendency, namely to remove the claim of Sabah by the Philippines and with its participation in Mindanao peace talk (facilitated by MILF) seems to work.

    Throughout the history of Filipino Muslim’s struggle , the elite fighters rely too much on the role of the OIC, Malaysia then and forget the Ummah itself, so that their struggle is only for personal satisfaction, that why when they are disturbed, then whatever the outcome of negotiations that have been agreed upon will not be sustainable as well.
    To avoid the futile of struggle history:

    1. Make sure that the main target of struggle is independence or not at all.
    2. Changed the strategy by including Muslim’s Ummah or the Mindanao grassroots participation actively.
    3. Request the government to provide equal educational opportunities between Muslims and non-Muslims, giving the opportunity to improve the welfare of the Ummah , gives the formal positions for the Muslim well educated people.
    if the above three important things successfully fought for, then the main goal of the long time struggles will be successful, if not then time will be wasted and innocent human life will increasingly drift.

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