President BS Aquino’s peace negotiations with the MILF conducted in bad faith

The BS Aquino government’s peace negotiation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is ‘insincere, dishonest, and deceptive. Pres. BS Aquino cannot flaunt in his 5th State of the Nation Address the success of the GPH-MILF peace talks.

Two months after the MILF-led Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) submitted the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to Malacanang, Aquino failed to certify and submit the draft as an urgent bill to Congress. Instead, Aquino’s legal team mangled the BBL draft. The MILF declared as unacceptable the ‘diluted Malacanang version’ of the BBL.

The BBL was crafted based on the agreed and signed Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its four annexes, and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) by both the GPH and MILF panels. Both the FAB and CAB were signed in grand fashion and personally witnessed by Pres.BS Aquino and MILF chair Murad Ibrahim. These agreements were hailed as milestones in the GPH-MILF peace negotiations. After Pres. BS Aquino conjured the illusion that peace now reigns in the Bangsamoro homeland, now considers the BBL as unconstitutional that need major revisions.

The Aquino regime will not enter into any agreement that is contrary to the Philippine Constitution which guarantees and protects the current social system. More so, if the agreement concedes even limited power and benefit for the Moro people. Aquino’s rejection of the BBL is beyond the question of constitutionality. Aquino’s main objective is to preserve the interests of the ruling elite.

Until now, the people are kept blind to the contents of the BBL and Malacanang’s revisions. It is to Malacanang’s interests that the contents of the BBL remain confidential to conceal its deception, dishonesty and insincerity in negotiating peace.

BS Aquino also conducted his peace negotiation in bad faith. In the midst of the GPH-MILF peace negotiations, Pres. Aquino publicly declared the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) a failed experiment that has to be abolished and replaced with the Bangsamoro in 2016. In spite of this declaration, Pres. Aquino used more than Php8B from the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) to resurrect the failed experiment.

The shameless admission of OPAPP Secretary Deles and ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman that the “much-awaited” reforms in the ARMM were made possible by the billions of stimulus fund from the highly criticized and Supreme Court-declared unconstitutional DAP, exposes Aquino’s hypocrisy and dishonesty in the GPH-MILF peace negotiation.

This is a political ploy. “Reforming” the ARMM is Aquino’s strategy to strengthen the central government’s control and influence in the region beyond its abolition in 2016. The move is to consolidate political patronage in the resource-rich and vote-rich Muslim Mindanao. Aquino is preparing the current local government officials and loyal allies to challenge the MILF leadership and candidates in the 2016 elections for the Bangsamoro National Assembly. This is the highest form of treachery against the Moro people.

It appears that the objective of the Aquino regime in entering the peace process is merely to pacify and quell the people’s armed resistance instead of addressing the root causes of the conflict. The MILF and the National Democratic Front share the same experience.

With the way BS Aquino conducts his peace initiative, genuine and lasting peace remains elusive in the Bangsamoro homeland and the nation.

Moro Christian People’s Alliance
July 28, 2014

URL: http://www.mindanews.com/statements/2014/07/28/president-bs-aquinos-peace-negotiations-with-the-milf-conducted-in-bad-faith/

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  • Jitakuto Mirikashitakuari Nomo

    Notice how they use the word “OUR”. That little word, the possessive article “OUR” sums up the attitude of everyone who lives on Mindanao: if you were not born on Mindanao, you are not welcome. Certainly any westerners who go there will be murdered, for whatever money they have on their persons and also out of pure spite.

  • jules benitez

    Hala, unsa man kini?

  • Dann Pantoja

    May I respectfully inquire who is Moro Christian People’s Alliance are? I, Dann Pantoja, am an active Christian peacebuilding worker in Mindanao working closely with Moro peacebuilders. I usually get documents like this for discussion and signature in behalf of PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. or in behalf of the churches I’m representing in this GPH-MILF Peace Process. I’m just wondering why the drafters of this document seems to have forgotten us. Peace and blessings to all! :-)

  • Don Pablo

    Why cant We just Sit Down and Talk about the Livelihood that We can Provide for Our Muslim Brothers in the Philippines…? Damn….! its been Centuries and yet, The Government is Still Leaning on the Old and Obsolete claim of Islamic State… there is no such in anywhere, and this Bangsamoro Law…? will it feed the Hungry TAUSUGS…? GOD, Grow-Up Filipino, Do you still want that Arm in your Hands and feed your Kids with Gun Powder…?

    How about you, Government Official, especially you, The Honorable President..?

    Have you been to to Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi….?

    All of those Place are Fertile Land and There exists a Pink Sand Beaches…!

    Capitalized on it, and put up a TOROGAN Type of Villa and let the Rich Muslim run or invest in that Tourism aspect, educate Gradually the people to be more Tourist Friendly and Protective, not Kidnappers….

    Provide, Farm Equipment that are Eco-friendly like, battery operated hand-Tractors….

    ask Japan to put up a Packing and fruit/vegetable Processing Plant, that the Wives and Relatives of the Former Armed Muslims fruits can packed and be paid so they can send their kids to school…

    Same to those who loves to fish……?

    As Australia or any Country that manufacture a Fishing Ship and teach the former Armed Muslim How to Navigate the Ship and its fishing equipments…

    Ask Japan again, to put up a Canning Factory in the Province so the Wives and relatives will work there and earn money to send their kids to school….

    Is it not What These Armed Muslim Men and Women, who are mostly Tausug, if not all WANTS and most of the Times Think of, since the Time they get to Hold of that AK-47 on their Arms…?

    GROW-UP, My Country Men….!

    We Are PILIPINO, Muslim man o Kristyano….. iisa ang Ating Lahi… iisa ang Ating LIPI…..

    PILIPINO TAYO at HINDI mga ASO….!

    Don PABLO po, PILIPINOng Tutoo at Hindi Takot ipagsigawan ang Tutoo…!

  • pablowescobar

    where are you now mr pantoja? yabang yabang mo, kala mo kung sino ka. nag parachute ka nga lang sa mindanao, kala mo kung sino ka ng magaling.

  • iov

    WOULD TO TRY TO EDUCATE OUR PEOPLE HERE IN MINDANAO….. DONT EVER BE FOOLED BY TRADITIONAL POLITICIANS, IN A PERSON OF BINAY….BE CONCERN CITIZEN. DONT PRIORITIZE DOES WHO CAN BUY VOTES AND USES PUBLIC FUND FOR HIS/HER AGENDA / P[ERSONAL INTEREST. HE CANT DO THAT IN MINDANAO..TRY TO LOOK WHATS HAPPENING HERE IN NCR, ITS TRUE HIS FAMILY ENRICHED THEMSELF WHILE HOLDING POWER IN MAKATI!…. please work this out for sake of coming generations…..