Senators laud GPH-MILF signing of peace pact framework

TWO administration senators lauded the forging of a framework agreement with the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which would pave the way for a final and lasting peace and will open doors of opportunities for much-needed livelihood and socio-economic programs in the entire Mindanao.

Both Senators Franklin Drilon and Teofisto Guingona III said that with this framework, it will serve as a clear guide and a step closer to a final and comprehensive peace agreement that would benefit the people not only in Mindanao but in the entire nation.

“The signing of the peace agreement will help solve delays in the implementation of infrastructure projects and fast-track government’s efforts to boost and upgrade agricultural, tourism and commercial infrastructures in Mindanao,” Drilon said.

“With great emphasis on public participation and consultations, I believe that this framework agreement is an opportunity for each citizen to contribute to a peace agreement that addresses the legitimate grievances and claims of the Bangsamoro people, the sentiments of other stakeholders on the ground, and the dream of each Filipino of a progressive, united and peaceful nation,” Guingona said for his part.

On Sunday President Benigno Aquino III announced that the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have ended their negotiations on the framework agreement for Mindanao peace in Kuala Lumpur and are set to sign the peace agreement on October 15 that will establish the “Bangsamoro” state.

Aquino gave the assurance that before the actual signing of the peace pact, the government will make the document public first. He said the agreement will be posted in government websites and published in various newspapers.

He said the framework agreement “paves the way for enduring and lasting peace in Mindanao.”
Aquino said any law to be passed that would implement the framework agreement will go through the usual legal process, including ratification of the Constitution through a plebiscite.

Meanwhile, Guingona assured in his capacity as the chairman of the Senate committee on peace and unification, that insights presented before the committee will be heard by proper persona and institution through a transparent, accountable, and participative process.

“I join the efforts of many in ensuring that the process and the results of the peace negotiations are understood by the Filipino people: because this is an agreement for the entire nation. Allow me to emphasize that for the good of this nation, the final peace agreement should be an agreement of, between, and among fellow Filipino,” he said.

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