MILF peace panel to consult Iligan, CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The peace panel of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is set to dialogue with non-Moro and Moro leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs), business, church, local government, media and academic institutions in Northern Mindanao in response to calls for inclusiveness and participation in the government-MILF peace negotiations.

The MILF peace panel led by Mohagher Iqbal will first stop in Iligan City on Saturday, June 11, to dialogue with non-Moro CSOs at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MSU-IIT chancellor Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol, DPA, will be hosting the event in partnership with the Forum for Peace led by Managing Director Jun Enriquez.

On the morning of June 12, the MILF panel will be at the International Center for Peace (IC Peace) in Mindanao of the peace and development non-government organization Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City to dialogue with leaders of Moro CSOs and lumad groups.

Included in the discussion for this Moro and Lumad consultation is the long time ancestral agreements between Moro and the Indigenous people in Mindanao, specially the Higaonon tribe and the Moro in the northern parts of Mindanao. Other key important talking points in this particular dialogue are territorial boundaries and traditional peace pacts between the Moro and Lumad.

On June 13, Iqbal’s team will consult with non-Moro leaders of CSOs, business, church, LGUs, media and academic institutions at the IC Peace in Mindanaw of BMFI from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than a hundred non-Moro participants are expected to attend on Monday, June 13, consultation, which is being organized by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (ACDO), BMFI, MPC and FREEJourn, Inc., an organization of Mindanao journalists working for empowerment, equality and welfare of media practitioners.

In all these consultations, the point of discussion will center on the MILF’s peace agenda (position and proposals) as contained in the Comprehensive Compact it presented to the government peace panel led by Dean Marvic Leonen.

“This forum seeks to promote better understanding of the attending issues in the negotiations,” said Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D.

“It will also serve as a unique opportunity for us to take part in shaping viable and sustainable options to resolve the root causes of the armed conflict in Mindanao,” added BMFI Executive Director Paul Richard A. Paraguya.

Iqbal said that the MILF does not want a repeat of what happened to the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), which is why early in the negotiation they wanted to conduct these open and mutual dialogues with various sectors in the country in order to get their views, ideas, and questions with regard to the MILF’s position and proposals in the negotiations.

The Northern Mindanao consultations is the fourth leg in the ongoing nationwide dialogue the MILF peace panel is conducting.

Prior to the consultations, the FREEJourn, Inc., in partnership with MPC, has organized trainings on peace reporting, particularly in covering the MILF-GPH peace talks. More than 20 select media personalities in Cagayan de Oro City underwent the training on May 28.

Select media personalities in Iligan City also underwent the same training yesterday in Iligan City through the efforts of the Peace Collective in partnership with the Civil Society Organization Forum for Peace (CSOFP).  Bong D. Fabe

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