After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) —  The  Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  will celebrate two significant events in the history of the Bangsamoro this month: the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) at a date the panels have yet to announce but will definitely be in March, and the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to President Aquino by March 31. 

The signing, coming nearly 17 years from the first negotiation, will not be in Mindanao as earlier proposed by the MILF, but in Metro Manila. Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, told MindaNews on Monday that the date and venue of the signing in Metro Manila would be announced soon as arrangements were still being finalized.  GPH peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal have yet to announce the date and venue.

The date and venue of signing, however, was made known to those who attended the “Parangal sa Cardinal” testimonial dinner on Tuesday, March 11 at the South Seas Mall Convention Center in Cotabato City.

In his speech, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo,  thanked several individuals and groups, among them the MILF and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for sending representatives and Secretary Deles, who was the President’s representative during the dinner.

March 27 in Malacanang

The Cardinal said the President, who had earlier attended his thanksgiving mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, had invited him to the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on March 27 in Malacanang.

Quevedo spoke of hope even as he acknowledged that there will be “many difficulties along the way” in the implementation of the peace agreement. But a peace agreement, he said, is “not something perfect. Like love, it has to be nurtured, nourished, to grow.”

In an earlier interview with MindaNews, Quevedo said he would like both government and the MILF to address the issues raised by the Indigenous Peoples in the proposed Bagnsamoro. He also said he hopes the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) factions and the MILF “can come together as brothers and take a look at what in the previous agreement in 1996 can be incorporated into the Bangamoro Basic Law.”

1996 and 2014 peace agreements 

The GPH-MILF Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) was signed in Malacanang’s Rizal Hall on October 15, 2012. The GPH and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) signed the Final Peace Agreement that would implement the Tripoli Agreement of 1976, on September 2, 1996 also in Malacanang.

MindaNews sources earlier said a bigger venue outside Malacanang was being considered, having learned lessons from the 2012 signing of the FAB. A day before the signing then,  Deles told MindaNews they were expecting some 800 guests. On the day of the signing, a number of guests, and even the government peace panel chair then, Marvic Leonen (now Supreme Court Associate Justice), and MILF vice chair for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar, were seen standing at the start of the program because all seats had been taken.

Another “first”

The GPH-MILF peace process is likely to contribute another “first” in the world of peace negotiations this month:  the submission of a draft basic law of an autonomous government just days after signing a comprehensive peace agreement. (see sidebar)

The GPH and MILF began peace negotiations in 1997, interrupted by three major wars (2000, 2003 and 2008) and several deadlocks. In August 2011, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III sought a meeting with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to fast-track the peace process so that the agreement would be implemented within the second half of his six-year term.

The President will step down at noon of June 30, 2016,  on the same day the first set of elected officials of the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity that would replace the 24-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, are expected to begin Day One of their governance.

From FAB to CAB

All four Annexes to the FAB — Wealth-Sharing, Power-Sharing, Normalization and Transitional Arrangements and Modalities – that would complete what would be the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), have been signed, with the last annex, on Normalization, signed on January 25.

The parties are presently finishing the final text of what would go into the CAB. The FAB provides for the creation of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that would draft the draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). President Aquino issued an Executive Order in December 2012 creating the BTC  and named the 15 members – eight from the MILF and seven from the government – in February 2013.

The BTC, headed by MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal, first met in April 2013 and by late last year said they would submit the draft basic law by April 2014. But the target date for submission was moved to March 31, following a courtesy call on President Aquino in Malacanang on January 30.  After submission, the President will certify the bill as urgent to Congress.

In his State of the Nation Address on July 22 last year, the President urged Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before the end of 2014, to allow enough time for the transition period, and election of the first set of officials of the Bangsamoro government by 2016.

“World’s showcase”

The GPH-MILF peace process has been described by Malaysian facilitator, Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohammad, as the Philippines’ second major contribution to the world, after People Power in 1986. “The Philippines gave the world People Power in 1986.This is another,” Tengku told MindaNews in Kuala Lumpur on January 24, a day before the Annex on Normalizaiton and Addendum on Bangsamoro waters were signed.

“Where in the world,” he asked, “can you find a country of 90% Catholics giving autonomy to Muslims?”

Within the context of a majority-minority population, the GPH-MILF peace pact is a “world’s showcase” in peace-building, he said.

The government and MILF peace panels have been meeting in the last three weeks to settle the remaining vital issues on the final text of the comprehensive agreement such as the conduct of the plebiscite and some other aspects on the transition phase.

The panels met in Manila in late February,  in Cotabato City on March 4 and in Marawi City on March 11.  (Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/JORPee Rltr. John R. Petalcorin

    MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to “After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month”.

    There are two results of a peace process: (1) the ceasefire and peace accord, and (2) the political and economic concession.

    Between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH), we already have the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (1996 FPA) which serves as the peace accord. Misuari’s siting as ARMM Governor from 1996-2001 is the political deal as a result of the 1996 FPA, and we don’t ask for more political concession. At present, we, MNLFs, are contended with the ceasefire and peace accord, and we are not interested getting any more political and economic concession in the ARMM.

    We, MNLFs, are not dipping our fingers into the MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB) for many reasons. One reason is the MNLF and FAB have conflicting definition of the term “bangsamoro”. FAB defines bangsamoro as muslims, while MNLF defines bangsamoro as citizens of Independent Mindanao regardless of religion. Another reason is we don’t want to spoil the peace process between the GPH and MILF — as they say, too many cooks will spoil the broth.

    The BIFF is a splinter group of the MILF in 2008. The MILF-GPH FAB left the BIFF out of the deal, and we have read in the papers that GPH and MILF are “worried” that BIFF might create “trouble”. As our way of helping the MILF-GPH peace process, we (MNLF) already approved the re-entry of the BIFF into the MNLF, and subsequently we have already abolished the BIFF. This means the members of the BIFF are now covered by the peace accord of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. So please, stop worrying about the BIFF because it no longer exist, and all their men are already under the MNLF.

    Nevertheless, please don’t misconstrue me when I say we help the MILF. Our help is limited only to helping the MILF and GPH arrive at a Final Peace Agreement or a Peace Accord. We are not in the position to help MILF in the aspect of political concession in the ARMM area. If MILF wants political control over ARMM area, it has to be MILF who will do something to win the hearts and minds of the people in the ARMM area.

    Abolishing the ARMM and establishing a new political entity are two different rounds of process.

    Abolishing the ARMM would need a Legislative Agenda that has to pass through “four approvals”, these are:

    (1) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (2) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (3) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (4) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    Establishing a new Bangsamoro Political Entity to replace the ARMM would also require a Legislative Agenda, which will also have to go through another round of the “four approvals”, these are:

    (5) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (6) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (7) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (8) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    It’s a tedious task and a long process, everyone just have to be patient. So for now now, we advise the GPH and MILF to do the MILF-FPA first, and work out on the political concession later. As soon as you sign the MILF-GPH FPA on the 27th of march, we will congratulate you guys for a job well done — but don’t stop from there because you still have over ten daunting tasks ahead.

    Promoting the MILF is so different compared to promoting the MILF-GPH Peace Process. It is awkward to see GPH going around promoting the MILF. Correct me if I am wrong — I thought GPH and MILF are opponents, I thought you have conflicting interests that’s why you are negotiating, now it appears you are like “partners” in crime. It is ridiculous to see GPH roaming around performing the workload of “public relations” campaign for the MILF.

    ARMM is a GPH institution created by the Philippine Constitution as a result of the GPH-MNLF Tripoli Agreement of 1976. ARMM is fully administered, fully funded, fully controlled, and fully owned by the GPH. The MNLF will not question the GPH exclusive right to abolish the ARMM, replace the ARMM with another entity, and use it as a political concession to MILF; for as long as it is crystal clear with surgical precision that whatever this deal the MILF and GPH are cooking will not affect the GPH-MNLF ceasefire and peace accord which forms part of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

    The MNLF objective is Mindanao Independence. Mindanao covers mainland Mindanao, Sulu (including Sabah), Palawan. This objective is purely political and the MNLF subscribes to the peaceful methodology of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) — we conduct lectures on this topic by invitation. Any person who has not yet attended the MIM Lecture is technically “unfit” to comment about MIM. Any questions about the MIM may be addressed to me via Facebook personal message — I will try my best to answer as quickly as possible.

    Any form of GPH provocation or hostility against the MNLF or MIM is considered as a political persecution and this could lead to armed conflict. We assume that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) understands this thing we call “political persecution” because the AFP is not supposed to dip its fingers into political disputes.

    The MNLF is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013. That chaos was just a result of GPH uprooting of over 9,000 households (mostly Badjao and Muslim minorities) to pave the way for real estate development.

    Finally, please be informed that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro Nnational Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don’t want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change.

    By the way, please be informed also that effective 12 March 2014, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) may also be called by its alternative name, the Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
    Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
    Administrator, FB/MNLFpage

  • http://www.facebook.com/JORPee Rltr. John R. Petalcorin

    MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to “After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month”.

    There are two results of a peace process: (1) the ceasefire and peace accord, and (2) the political and economic concession.

    Between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH), we already have the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (1996 FPA) which serves as the peace accord. Misuari’s siting as ARMM Governor from 1996-2001 is the political deal as a result of the 1996 FPA, and we don’t ask for more political concession. At present, we, MNLFs, are contended with the ceasefire and peace accord, and we are not interested getting any more political and economic concession in the ARMM.

    We, MNLFs, are not dipping our fingers into the MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB) for many reasons. One reason is the MNLF and FAB have conflicting definition of the term “bangsamoro”. FAB defines bangsamoro as muslims, while MNLF defines bangsamoro as citizens of Independent Mindanao regardless of religion. Another reason is we don’t want to spoil the peace process between the GPH and MILF — as they say, too many cooks will spoil the broth.

    The BIFF is a splinter group of the MILF in 2008. The MILF-GPH FAB left the BIFF out of the deal, and we have read in the papers that GPH and MILF are “worried” that BIFF might create “trouble”. As our way of helping the MILF-GPH peace process, we (MNLF) already approved the re-entry of the BIFF into the MNLF, and subsequently we have already abolished the BIFF. This means the members of the BIFF are now covered by the peace accord of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. So please, stop worrying about the BIFF because it no longer exist, and all their men are already under the MNLF.

    Nevertheless, please don’t misconstrue me when I say we help the MILF. Our help is limited only to helping the MILF and GPH arrive at a Final Peace Agreement or a Peace Accord. We are not in the position to help MILF in the aspect of political concession in the ARMM area. If MILF wants political control over ARMM area, it has to be MILF who will do something to win the hearts and minds of the people in the ARMM area.

    Abolishing the ARMM and establishing a new political entity are two different rounds of process.

    Abolishing the ARMM would need a Legislative Agenda that has to pass through “four approvals”, these are:

    (1) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (2) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (3) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (4) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    Establishing a new Bangsamoro Political Entity to replace the ARMM would also require a Legislative Agenda, which will also have to go through another round of the “four approvals”, these are:

    (5) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (6) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (7) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (8) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    It’s a tedious task and a long process, everyone just have to be patient. So for now now, we advise the GPH and MILF to do the MILF-FPA first, and work out on the political concession later. As soon as you sign the MILF-GPH FPA on the 27th of march, we will congratulate you guys for a job well done — but don’t stop from there because you still have over ten daunting tasks ahead.

    Promoting the MILF is so different compared to promoting the MILF-GPH Peace Process. It is awkward to see GPH going around promoting the MILF. Correct me if I am wrong — I thought GPH and MILF are opponents, I thought you have conflicting interests that’s why you are negotiating, now it appears you are like “partners” in crime. It is ridiculous to see GPH roaming around performing the workload of “public relations” campaign for the MILF.

    ARMM is a GPH institution created by the Philippine Constitution as a result of the GPH-MNLF Tripoli Agreement of 1976. ARMM is fully administered, fully funded, fully controlled, and fully owned by the GPH. The MNLF will not question the GPH exclusive right to abolish the ARMM, replace the ARMM with another entity, and use it as a political concession to MILF; for as long as it is crystal clear with surgical precision that whatever this deal the MILF and GPH are cooking will not affect the GPH-MNLF ceasefire and peace accord which forms part of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

    The MNLF objective is Mindanao Independence. Mindanao covers mainland Mindanao, Sulu (including Sabah), Palawan. This objective is purely political and the MNLF subscribes to the peaceful methodology of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) — we conduct lectures on this topic by invitation. Any person who has not yet attended the MIM Lecture is technically “unfit” to comment about MIM. Any questions about the MIM may be addressed to me via Facebook personal message — I will try my best to answer as quickly as possible.

    Any form of GPH provocation or hostility against the MNLF or MIM is considered as a political persecution and this could lead to armed conflict. We assume that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) understands this thing we call “political persecution” because the AFP is not supposed to dip its fingers into political disputes.

    The MNLF is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013. That chaos was just a result of GPH uprooting of over 9,000 households (mostly Badjao and Muslim minorities) to pave the way for real estate development.

    Finally, please be informed that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro Nnational Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don’t want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change.

    By the way, please be informed also that effective 12 March 2014, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) may also be called by its alternative name, the Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
    Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
    Administrator, FB/MNLFpage

  • http://www.facebook.com/JORPee Rltr. John R. Petalcorin

    MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to “After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month”.

    There are two results of a peace process: (1) the ceasefire and peace accord, and (2) the political and economic concession.

    Between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH), we already have the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (1996 FPA) which serves as the peace accord. Misuari’s siting as ARMM Governor from 1996-2001 is the political deal as a result of the 1996 FPA, and we don’t ask for more political concession. At present, we, MNLFs, are contended with the ceasefire and peace accord, and we are not interested getting any more political and economic concession in the ARMM.

    We, MNLFs, are not dipping our fingers into the MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB) for many reasons. One reason is the MNLF and FAB have conflicting definition of the term “bangsamoro”. FAB defines bangsamoro as muslims, while MNLF defines bangsamoro as citizens of Independent Mindanao regardless of religion. Another reason is we don’t want to spoil the peace process between the GPH and MILF — as they say, too many cooks will spoil the broth.

    The BIFF is a splinter group of the MILF in 2008. The MILF-GPH FAB left the BIFF out of the deal, and we have read in the papers that GPH and MILF are “worried” that BIFF might create “trouble”. As our way of helping the MILF-GPH peace process, we (MNLF) already approved the re-entry of the BIFF into the MNLF, and subsequently we have already abolished the BIFF. This means the members of the BIFF are now covered by the peace accord of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. So please, stop worrying about the BIFF because it no longer exist, and all their men are already under the MNLF.

    Nevertheless, please don’t misconstrue me when I say we help the MILF. Our help is limited only to helping the MILF and GPH arrive at a Final Peace Agreement or a Peace Accord. We are not in the position to help MILF in the aspect of political concession in the ARMM area. If MILF wants political control over ARMM area, it has to be MILF who will do something to win the hearts and minds of the people in the ARMM area.

    Abolishing the ARMM and establishing a new political entity are two different rounds of process.

    Abolishing the ARMM would need a Legislative Agenda that has to pass through “four approvals”, these are:

    (1) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (2) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (3) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (4) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    Establishing a new Bangsamoro Political Entity to replace the ARMM would also require a Legislative Agenda, which will also have to go through another round of the “four approvals”, these are:

    (5) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (6) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (7) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (8) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    It’s a tedious task and a long process, everyone just have to be patient. So for now now, we advise the GPH and MILF to do the MILF-FPA first, and work out on the political concession later. As soon as you sign the MILF-GPH FPA on the 27th of march, we will congratulate you guys for a job well done — but don’t stop from there because you still have over ten daunting tasks ahead.

    Promoting the MILF is so different compared to promoting the MILF-GPH Peace Process. It is awkward to see GPH going around promoting the MILF. Correct me if I am wrong — I thought GPH and MILF are opponents, I thought you have conflicting interests that’s why you are negotiating, now it appears you are like “partners” in crime. It is ridiculous to see GPH roaming around performing the workload of “public relations” campaign for the MILF.

    ARMM is a GPH institution created by the Philippine Constitution as a result of the GPH-MNLF Tripoli Agreement of 1976. ARMM is fully administered, fully funded, fully controlled, and fully owned by the GPH. The MNLF will not question the GPH exclusive right to abolish the ARMM, replace the ARMM with another entity, and use it as a political concession to MILF; for as long as it is crystal clear with surgical precision that whatever this deal the MILF and GPH are cooking will not affect the GPH-MNLF ceasefire and peace accord which forms part of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

    The MNLF objective is Mindanao Independence. Mindanao covers mainland Mindanao, Sulu (including Sabah), Palawan. This objective is purely political and the MNLF subscribes to the peaceful methodology of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) — we conduct lectures on this topic by invitation. Any person who has not yet attended the MIM Lecture is technically “unfit” to comment about MIM. Any questions about the MIM may be addressed to me via Facebook personal message — I will try my best to answer as quickly as possible.

    Any form of GPH provocation or hostility against the MNLF or MIM is considered as a political persecution and this could lead to armed conflict. We assume that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) understands this thing we call “political persecution” because the AFP is not supposed to dip its fingers into political disputes.

    The MNLF is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013. That chaos was just a result of GPH uprooting of over 9,000 households (mostly Badjao and Muslim minorities) to pave the way for real estate development.

    Finally, please be informed that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro Nnational Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don’t want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change.

    By the way, please be informed also that effective 12 March 2014, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) may also be called by its alternative name, the Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
    Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
    Administrator, FB/MNLFpage

  • http://www.facebook.com/JORPee Rltr. John R. Petalcorin

    MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to “After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month”.

    There are two results of a peace process: (1) the ceasefire and peace accord, and (2) the political and economic concession.

    Between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH), we already have the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (1996 FPA) which serves as the peace accord. Misuari’s siting as ARMM Governor from 1996-2001 is the political deal as a result of the 1996 FPA, and we don’t ask for more political concession. At present, we, MNLFs, are contended with the ceasefire and peace accord, and we are not interested getting any more political and economic concession in the ARMM.

    We, MNLFs, are not dipping our fingers into the MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB) for many reasons. One reason is the MNLF and FAB have conflicting definition of the term “bangsamoro”. FAB defines bangsamoro as muslims, while MNLF defines bangsamoro as citizens of Independent Mindanao regardless of religion. Another reason is we don’t want to spoil the peace process between the GPH and MILF — as they say, too many cooks will spoil the broth.

    The BIFF is a splinter group of the MILF in 2008. The MILF-GPH FAB left the BIFF out of the deal, and we have read in the papers that GPH and MILF are “worried” that BIFF might create “trouble”. As our way of helping the MILF-GPH peace process, we (MNLF) already approved the re-entry of the BIFF into the MNLF, and subsequently we have already abolished the BIFF. This means the members of the BIFF are now covered by the peace accord of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. So please, stop worrying about the BIFF because it no longer exist, and all their men are already under the MNLF.

    Nevertheless, please don’t misconstrue me when I say we help the MILF. Our help is limited only to helping the MILF and GPH arrive at a Final Peace Agreement or a Peace Accord. We are not in the position to help MILF in the aspect of political concession in the ARMM area. If MILF wants political control over ARMM area, it has to be MILF who will do something to win the hearts and minds of the people in the ARMM area.

    Abolishing the ARMM and establishing a new political entity are two different rounds of process.

    Abolishing the ARMM would need a Legislative Agenda that has to pass through “four approvals”, these are:

    (1) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (2) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (3) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (4) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    Establishing a new Bangsamoro Political Entity to replace the ARMM would also require a Legislative Agenda, which will also have to go through another round of the “four approvals”, these are:

    (5) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (6) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (7) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (8) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    It’s a tedious task and a long process, everyone just have to be patient. So for now now, we advise the GPH and MILF to do the MILF-FPA first, and work out on the political concession later. As soon as you sign the MILF-GPH FPA on the 27th of march, we will congratulate you guys for a job well done — but don’t stop from there because you still have over ten daunting tasks ahead.

    Promoting the MILF is so different compared to promoting the MILF-GPH Peace Process. It is awkward to see GPH going around promoting the MILF. Correct me if I am wrong — I thought GPH and MILF are opponents, I thought you have conflicting interests that’s why you are negotiating, now it appears you are like “partners” in crime. It is ridiculous to see GPH roaming around performing the workload of “public relations” campaign for the MILF.

    ARMM is a GPH institution created by the Philippine Constitution as a result of the GPH-MNLF Tripoli Agreement of 1976. ARMM is fully administered, fully funded, fully controlled, and fully owned by the GPH. The MNLF will not question the GPH exclusive right to abolish the ARMM, replace the ARMM with another entity, and use it as a political concession to MILF; for as long as it is crystal clear with surgical precision that whatever this deal the MILF and GPH are cooking will not affect the GPH-MNLF ceasefire and peace accord which forms part of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

    The MNLF objective is Mindanao Independence. Mindanao covers mainland Mindanao, Sulu (including Sabah), Palawan. This objective is purely political and the MNLF subscribes to the peaceful methodology of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) — we conduct lectures on this topic by invitation. Any person who has not yet attended the MIM Lecture is technically “unfit” to comment about MIM. Any questions about the MIM may be addressed to me via Facebook personal message — I will try my best to answer as quickly as possible.

    Any form of GPH provocation or hostility against the MNLF or MIM is considered as a political persecution and this could lead to armed conflict. We assume that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) understands this thing we call “political persecution” because the AFP is not supposed to dip its fingers into political disputes.

    The MNLF is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013. That chaos was just a result of GPH uprooting of over 9,000 households (mostly Badjao and Muslim minorities) to pave the way for real estate development.

    Finally, please be informed that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro Nnational Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don’t want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change.

    By the way, please be informed also that effective 12 March 2014, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) may also be called by its alternative name, the Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
    Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
    Administrator, FB/MNLFpage

  • http://www.facebook.com/JORPee Rltr. John R. Petalcorin

    MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to “After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month”.

    There are two results of a peace process: (1) the ceasefire and peace accord, and (2) the political and economic concession.

    Between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH), we already have the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (1996 FPA) which serves as the peace accord. Misuari’s siting as ARMM Governor from 1996-2001 is the political deal as a result of the 1996 FPA, and we don’t ask for more political concession. At present, we, MNLFs, are contended with the ceasefire and peace accord, and we are not interested getting any more political and economic concession in the ARMM.

    We, MNLFs, are not dipping our fingers into the MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB) for many reasons. One reason is the MNLF and FAB have conflicting definition of the term “bangsamoro”. FAB defines bangsamoro as muslims, while MNLF defines bangsamoro as citizens of Independent Mindanao regardless of religion. Another reason is we don’t want to spoil the peace process between the GPH and MILF — as they say, too many cooks will spoil the broth.

    The BIFF is a splinter group of the MILF in 2008. The MILF-GPH FAB left the BIFF out of the deal, and we have read in the papers that GPH and MILF are “worried” that BIFF might create “trouble”. As our way of helping the MILF-GPH peace process, we (MNLF) already approved the re-entry of the BIFF into the MNLF, and subsequently we have already abolished the BIFF. This means the members of the BIFF are now covered by the peace accord of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. So please, stop worrying about the BIFF because it no longer exist, and all their men are already under the MNLF.

    Nevertheless, please don’t misconstrue me when I say we help the MILF. Our help is limited only to helping the MILF and GPH arrive at a Final Peace Agreement or a Peace Accord. We are not in the position to help MILF in the aspect of political concession in the ARMM area. If MILF wants political control over ARMM area, it has to be MILF who will do something to win the hearts and minds of the people in the ARMM area.

    Abolishing the ARMM and establishing a new political entity are two different rounds of process.

    Abolishing the ARMM would need a Legislative Agenda that has to pass through “four approvals”, these are:

    (1) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (2) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (3) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (4) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    Establishing a new Bangsamoro Political Entity to replace the ARMM would also require a Legislative Agenda, which will also have to go through another round of the “four approvals”, these are:

    (5) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (6) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (7) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (8) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    It’s a tedious task and a long process, everyone just have to be patient. So for now now, we advise the GPH and MILF to do the MILF-FPA first, and work out on the political concession later. As soon as you sign the MILF-GPH FPA on the 27th of march, we will congratulate you guys for a job well done — but don’t stop from there because you still have over ten daunting tasks ahead.

    Promoting the MILF is so different compared to promoting the MILF-GPH Peace Process. It is awkward to see GPH going around promoting the MILF. Correct me if I am wrong — I thought GPH and MILF are opponents, I thought you have conflicting interests that’s why you are negotiating, now it appears you are like “partners” in crime. It is ridiculous to see GPH roaming around performing the workload of “public relations” campaign for the MILF.

    ARMM is a GPH institution created by the Philippine Constitution as a result of the GPH-MNLF Tripoli Agreement of 1976. ARMM is fully administered, fully funded, fully controlled, and fully owned by the GPH. The MNLF will not question the GPH exclusive right to abolish the ARMM, replace the ARMM with another entity, and use it as a political concession to MILF; for as long as it is crystal clear with surgical precision that whatever this deal the MILF and GPH are cooking will not affect the GPH-MNLF ceasefire and peace accord which forms part of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

    The MNLF objective is Mindanao Independence. Mindanao covers mainland Mindanao, Sulu (including Sabah), Palawan. This objective is purely political and the MNLF subscribes to the peaceful methodology of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) — we conduct lectures on this topic by invitation. Any person who has not yet attended the MIM Lecture is technically “unfit” to comment about MIM. Any questions about the MIM may be addressed to me via Facebook personal message — I will try my best to answer as quickly as possible.

    Any form of GPH provocation or hostility against the MNLF or MIM is considered as a political persecution and this could lead to armed conflict. We assume that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) understands this thing we call “political persecution” because the AFP is not supposed to dip its fingers into political disputes.

    The MNLF is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013. That chaos was just a result of GPH uprooting of over 9,000 households (mostly Badjao and Muslim minorities) to pave the way for real estate development.

    Finally, please be informed that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro Nnational Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don’t want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change.

    By the way, please be informed also that effective 12 March 2014, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) may also be called by its alternative name, the Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
    Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
    Administrator, FB/MNLFpage

  • http://www.facebook.com/JORPee Rltr. John R. Petalcorin

    MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to “After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month”.

    There are two results of a peace process: (1) the ceasefire and peace accord, and (2) the political and economic concession.

    Between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH), we already have the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (1996 FPA) which serves as the peace accord. Misuari’s siting as ARMM Governor from 1996-2001 is the political deal as a result of the 1996 FPA, and we don’t ask for more political concession. At present, we, MNLFs, are contended with the ceasefire and peace accord, and we are not interested getting any more political and economic concession in the ARMM.

    We, MNLFs, are not dipping our fingers into the MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB) for many reasons. One reason is the MNLF and FAB have conflicting definition of the term “bangsamoro”. FAB defines bangsamoro as muslims, while MNLF defines bangsamoro as citizens of Independent Mindanao regardless of religion. Another reason is we don’t want to spoil the peace process between the GPH and MILF — as they say, too many cooks will spoil the broth.

    The BIFF is a splinter group of the MILF in 2008. The MILF-GPH FAB left the BIFF out of the deal, and we have read in the papers that GPH and MILF are “worried” that BIFF might create “trouble”. As our way of helping the MILF-GPH peace process, we (MNLF) already approved the re-entry of the BIFF into the MNLF, and subsequently we have already abolished the BIFF. This means the members of the BIFF are now covered by the peace accord of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. So please, stop worrying about the BIFF because it no longer exist, and all their men are already under the MNLF.

    Nevertheless, please don’t misconstrue me when I say we help the MILF. Our help is limited only to helping the MILF and GPH arrive at a Final Peace Agreement or a Peace Accord. We are not in the position to help MILF in the aspect of political concession in the ARMM area. If MILF wants political control over ARMM area, it has to be MILF who will do something to win the hearts and minds of the people in the ARMM area.

    Abolishing the ARMM and establishing a new political entity are two different rounds of process.

    Abolishing the ARMM would need a Legislative Agenda that has to pass through “four approvals”, these are:

    (1) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (2) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (3) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (4) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    Establishing a new Bangsamoro Political Entity to replace the ARMM would also require a Legislative Agenda, which will also have to go through another round of the “four approvals”, these are:

    (5) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (6) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (7) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (8) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    It’s a tedious task and a long process, everyone just have to be patient. So for now now, we advise the GPH and MILF to do the MILF-FPA first, and work out on the political concession later. As soon as you sign the MILF-GPH FPA on the 27th of march, we will congratulate you guys for a job well done — but don’t stop from there because you still have over ten daunting tasks ahead.

    Promoting the MILF is so different compared to promoting the MILF-GPH Peace Process. It is awkward to see GPH going around promoting the MILF. Correct me if I am wrong — I thought GPH and MILF are opponents, I thought you have conflicting interests that’s why you are negotiating, now it appears you are like “partners” in crime. It is ridiculous to see GPH roaming around performing the workload of “public relations” campaign for the MILF.

    ARMM is a GPH institution created by the Philippine Constitution as a result of the GPH-MNLF Tripoli Agreement of 1976. ARMM is fully administered, fully funded, fully controlled, and fully owned by the GPH. The MNLF will not question the GPH exclusive right to abolish the ARMM, replace the ARMM with another entity, and use it as a political concession to MILF; for as long as it is crystal clear with surgical precision that whatever this deal the MILF and GPH are cooking will not affect the GPH-MNLF ceasefire and peace accord which forms part of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

    The MNLF objective is Mindanao Independence. Mindanao covers mainland Mindanao, Sulu (including Sabah), Palawan. This objective is purely political and the MNLF subscribes to the peaceful methodology of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) — we conduct lectures on this topic by invitation. Any person who has not yet attended the MIM Lecture is technically “unfit” to comment about MIM. Any questions about the MIM may be addressed to me via Facebook personal message — I will try my best to answer as quickly as possible.

    Any form of GPH provocation or hostility against the MNLF or MIM is considered as a political persecution and this could lead to armed conflict. We assume that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) understands this thing we call “political persecution” because the AFP is not supposed to dip its fingers into political disputes.

    The MNLF is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013. That chaos was just a result of GPH uprooting of over 9,000 households (mostly Badjao and Muslim minorities) to pave the way for real estate development.

    Finally, please be informed that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro Nnational Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don’t want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change.

    By the way, please be informed also that effective 12 March 2014, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) may also be called by its alternative name, the Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
    Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
    Administrator, FB/MNLFpage

  • http://www.facebook.com/JORPee Rltr. John R. Petalcorin

    MNLF RIGHT OF REPLY to “After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month”.

    There are two results of a peace process: (1) the ceasefire and peace accord, and (2) the political and economic concession.

    Between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Government of the Philippines (GPH), we already have the 1996 MNLF-GPH Final Peace Agreement (1996 FPA) which serves as the peace accord. Misuari’s siting as ARMM Governor from 1996-2001 is the political deal as a result of the 1996 FPA, and we don’t ask for more political concession. At present, we, MNLFs, are contended with the ceasefire and peace accord, and we are not interested getting any more political and economic concession in the ARMM.

    We, MNLFs, are not dipping our fingers into the MILF-GPH Framework Agreement for Bangsamoro (FAB) for many reasons. One reason is the MNLF and FAB have conflicting definition of the term “bangsamoro”. FAB defines bangsamoro as muslims, while MNLF defines bangsamoro as citizens of Independent Mindanao regardless of religion. Another reason is we don’t want to spoil the peace process between the GPH and MILF — as they say, too many cooks will spoil the broth.

    The BIFF is a splinter group of the MILF in 2008. The MILF-GPH FAB left the BIFF out of the deal, and we have read in the papers that GPH and MILF are “worried” that BIFF might create “trouble”. As our way of helping the MILF-GPH peace process, we (MNLF) already approved the re-entry of the BIFF into the MNLF, and subsequently we have already abolished the BIFF. This means the members of the BIFF are now covered by the peace accord of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA. So please, stop worrying about the BIFF because it no longer exist, and all their men are already under the MNLF.

    Nevertheless, please don’t misconstrue me when I say we help the MILF. Our help is limited only to helping the MILF and GPH arrive at a Final Peace Agreement or a Peace Accord. We are not in the position to help MILF in the aspect of political concession in the ARMM area. If MILF wants political control over ARMM area, it has to be MILF who will do something to win the hearts and minds of the people in the ARMM area.

    Abolishing the ARMM and establishing a new political entity are two different rounds of process.

    Abolishing the ARMM would need a Legislative Agenda that has to pass through “four approvals”, these are:

    (1) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (2) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (3) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (4) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    Establishing a new Bangsamoro Political Entity to replace the ARMM would also require a Legislative Agenda, which will also have to go through another round of the “four approvals”, these are:

    (5) approval of the democracy of the people via plebiscite,
    (6) approval of Philippine Congress,
    (7) approval of the Philippine Supreme Court, and
    (8) approval of the President of the Philippines.

    It’s a tedious task and a long process, everyone just have to be patient. So for now now, we advise the GPH and MILF to do the MILF-FPA first, and work out on the political concession later. As soon as you sign the MILF-GPH FPA on the 27th of march, we will congratulate you guys for a job well done — but don’t stop from there because you still have over ten daunting tasks ahead.

    Promoting the MILF is so different compared to promoting the MILF-GPH Peace Process. It is awkward to see GPH going around promoting the MILF. Correct me if I am wrong — I thought GPH and MILF are opponents, I thought you have conflicting interests that’s why you are negotiating, now it appears you are like “partners” in crime. It is ridiculous to see GPH roaming around performing the workload of “public relations” campaign for the MILF.

    ARMM is a GPH institution created by the Philippine Constitution as a result of the GPH-MNLF Tripoli Agreement of 1976. ARMM is fully administered, fully funded, fully controlled, and fully owned by the GPH. The MNLF will not question the GPH exclusive right to abolish the ARMM, replace the ARMM with another entity, and use it as a political concession to MILF; for as long as it is crystal clear with surgical precision that whatever this deal the MILF and GPH are cooking will not affect the GPH-MNLF ceasefire and peace accord which forms part of the 1996 MNLF-GPH FPA.

    The MNLF objective is Mindanao Independence. Mindanao covers mainland Mindanao, Sulu (including Sabah), Palawan. This objective is purely political and the MNLF subscribes to the peaceful methodology of the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM) — we conduct lectures on this topic by invitation. Any person who has not yet attended the MIM Lecture is technically “unfit” to comment about MIM. Any questions about the MIM may be addressed to me via Facebook personal message — I will try my best to answer as quickly as possible.

    Any form of GPH provocation or hostility against the MNLF or MIM is considered as a political persecution and this could lead to armed conflict. We assume that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) understands this thing we call “political persecution” because the AFP is not supposed to dip its fingers into political disputes.

    The MNLF is not a participant in that chaos in Zamboanga of September 2013. That chaos was just a result of GPH uprooting of over 9,000 households (mostly Badjao and Muslim minorities) to pave the way for real estate development.

    Finally, please be informed that Nur Misuari, the leader of the Moro Nnational Liberation Front (MNLF) is a United nations Peace Prize Awardee and a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. The MNLF follows the peaceful process of attaining political objectives set by the Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM). The MIM prospectus and brochure is available online, just ask for the URL by sending a message in MNLFpage in facebook. The MNLF condemns and does not subscribe to all forms of terrorism because we don’t want to establish a new nation that uses terrorism as a means of achieving political change.

    By the way, please be informed also that effective 12 March 2014, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) may also be called by its alternative name, the Mindanao National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    John R. Petalcorin
    Director for Communications, MNLF
    Executive Director, Mindanao Independence Movement (MIM)
    Administrator, FB/MNLFpage