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GPH aims for peace agreement based on solid foundation

KUALA LUMPUR – Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said that the Aquino administration wants an agreement based on a “solid foundation that will withstand the scrutiny of the skeptics, the misgivings of the unconvinced, the cynicism of the critical.”

In her statement yesterday during the opening ceremony of the 37th Formal Exploratory Talks between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Coronel-Ferrer underscored that “our President, this government panel, our government, are not the type who will promise the moon, the sun, and the stars, only to leave you later in the dark or to your own resources when the going gets even tougher.”

Coronel-Ferrer maintained that the government aims to sign the remaining annexes confidently by taking the time needed to thoroughly review them. This, she said, was the reason the 37th round of talks was reset from its original March schedule.

“I can tell you that the Cabinet members have gone out of their way to shepherd this process. Many have spent time with us seeking solutions, providing context, broadening understanding,” she said.

“Our agenda remains clear: we solve the remaining issues across the three annexes, seek the creative compromises, and find the right language, “ Coronel-Ferrer added.

The peace panels are currently trying to hammer out the remaining annexes on Wealth-sharing, Power-sharing and Normalization. The Annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities was the first to be signed in February.

Firm commitment to peace

MILF Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, in his statement said that “the MILF is fully committed to finish the process in order to establish real peace in Mindanao,” reiterating their trust on the sincerity and commitment of President Aquino.

“Without appearing very simplistic, I think we are about to achieve this historic feat on signing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with the Aquino administration.” Iqbal said as he related his optimism to settle the remaining issues on the annexes.

During the opening, the GPH introduced two new members of its delegation:  new legal panel head Atty. Anna Tarhata Basman who takes the place of recently appointed TC member Atty. Johaira Wahab and new ceasefire chief Gen. Cesar Dionisio Sedillo who replaced former GPH -Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) chief Gen. Jose Gilberto Roa. #