Monday, October 8, 2012

Philippine Government Reaches Accord with Moro Islamic Liberation Front; New Autonomous Region Will Be Named Bangsamoro

Welcoming the announcement of a peace agreement to end decades of fighting between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the island of Mindanao in the country’s south, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged full United Nations assistance in helping the parties implement the accord, according to his spokesperson.   “The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt wishes for peace and prosperity to the Government and the people of the Philippines, in particular the people of Bangsamoro, to be created in Mindanao as a new autonomous political entity in the country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added in a statement.   Click here to read a copy of the statement.

According to media reports, President Benigno Aquino announced yesterday in Manila, the Philippines capital, that his Government has reached a preliminary agreement of autonomy with the MILF, which has been fighting for decades for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines.  The new autonomous region will be named Bangsamoro. The accord reportedly comes after 15 years of negotiations, with the latest round taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

Describing the accord as a “landmark achievement,” the spokesperson said the UN chief commends President Aquino for his vision and courage, as well as the commitment of the MILF leadership, in reaching the agreement.  “The Secretary-General is grateful to all national and international actors, in particular the Government of Malaysia, for their contributions to the success of the peace negotiations,” he noted, adding that the United Nations “stands ready to provide assistance to the parties, as needed, in implementing the Framework Peace Agreement.”   

(Adapted from a UN Press Release)

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This peace deal will not materialize anytime soon due to serious constitutional obstacles. It requires constitutional amendments which is a long process, if it will ever be approved.

Related news articles is here :

Statement of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Chair of Senate Commmitee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/285476/charter-change-next-peace-step-santiago

Problem with Aquino giving money secretly to rebels in a secret trip to Japan :
http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=741690&publicationSubCategoryId=63

Issue of division of royalties in strategic mineral exploration (oil, gas, gold, copper, nickel, etc.) in new peace deal is not transparent. This was also a controversial and non-transparent issue in the previous peace deal which was rejected by the Supreme Court for unconstitutionality.

Historical background of conflict, previous peace deals, and constitutional issues, including maps of resources, currently being printed by Routledge, will be available in Land and Peacebuilding volume in 6 volume set on post-conflict natural resource management. http://www.amazon.com/Post-Conflict-Peacebuilding-Natural-Resource-Management/dp/184971231X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349785054&sr=8-1&keywords=Land+and+peacebuilding

Posted by: Paul Calen | Oct 9, 2012 5:20:10 AM

Another important press release by the Chair of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws :
http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/5390-miriam-bangsamoro-a-%E2%80%98completely-independent-state%E2%80%99

Posted by: Paul Calen | Oct 9, 2012 5:29:35 AM

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