Saturday, August 06, 2011

MEETING WITH MILF – A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

6 August 2011


One of the cobblestones that line the “matuwid na daan” is the hope for peace in Mindanao. Every Filipino deserves a life free from discord, violence and uncertainty. Our brethren in Mindanao deserve no less.

Without hoopla or fanfare, President Noynoy Aquino reached out to the leadership of the MILF, Chair Al Haj Murad Ibrahim, in an effort to reinvigorate the Mindanao Peace Process. The openness of the MILF leadership to meet showed a willingness to search for common ground.

By all accounts, it was a pleasant meeting, but its extraordinary importance was not lost on either of them. Chairman Murad was quoted by media as saying, "We are confident with your administration. You are unlike the previous administration. You are sincere."

It is noteworthy that this meeting, though informal, happened on the anniversary of the issuance of a Supreme Court TRO against the GMA administration’s Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD).

The Black & White Movement lauds the President for quietly but actively pursuing the resumption of peace talks between the government and MILF. His assertiveness gives all sides in the peace process an advance in the right direction. This was a positive move, one that may well hasten the end to hostilities; bring about peaceful coexistence and economic development in Mindanao.

We laud the efforts of OPAPP Secretary Teresita Deles and GPH Chair Marvic Leonen as well as their counterparts in the MILF for laying the groundwork for this historic meeting.

We wish all parties well in this endeavor to finally forge lasting peace. All Filipinos deserve it. - END

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