Saturday, November 9, 2013

Zamboangeños urged to be part of the peace process

From the Website of MILF

Zamboangeños urged to be part of the peace process

  • Friday, Nov 08 2013
  • Written by  Desk Editor

In an effort to jump-start the consultation process with stakeholders, GPH Peace Panel Chair Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer along with Secretary Mehol Sadain , Chair of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos and Atty. Anna Tarhata-Basman, the head of the panel’s legal team arrived in Zamboanga City last November 4.

They called on different sectors in this city to rally behind the inclusive peace deal that the government is pushing in the on-going southern peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

According to Prof. Coronel-Ferrer, the presence of the government peace panel in Zamboanga City is to provide the stakeholders the accurate information in the on-going southern peace talks with the MILF. The chief negotiator however acknowledged that the city is not part of the proposed Bangsamoro new political entity.

“We all know the vitality of the having the accurate information. That is why we are here to share the information to you. At the same time, we also want you to be part of explaining those accurate information to other people,” she said as quoted by the Mindanao Examiner. “Having accurate information will help us reach a common understanding,” she added.

“We really want to know the thoughts of the stakeholders, and listen to their suggestions and advices because we don’t want the occurrence of armed conflict,” Colonel-Ferrer explained to the stakeholders in the City of Flowers.

“We encourage everyone to be part of this whole peace process,” she urged.

“This peace negotiation is inclusive. Even though we are talking to the MILF, our main goal here is to address the Bangsamoro question, and all stakeholders will be benefited,” Coronel- Ferrer said during a consultation forum with leaders of Muslim communities here.

For his part, Sadain said that the government’s “efforts with the MILF will benefit also the people of Zamboanga to reap the dividends of peace.”

“I think it is but proper that we put our acts together now and we should realize that whatever happens in other provinces will somehow affect not just Zamboanga City but also the rest of the country,” he said.

The panel also explained the relevancy of the on-going talks with the MILF as a complementary track of the 1996 Final Peace Process between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to achieve a common solution to address the clamour of the Bangsamoro people, the report by Mindanao Examiner further said. Also included for the consultations are the local government unit of this city, the media and other non-government organizations.

MILF Website