Palace: Give peace a chance after peace pact signing

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Saturday, March 29, 2014


MALACAÑANG appealed on Saturday to naysayers to give peace a chance in Mindanao after the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace deal this week.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said those doubting the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) should look into the documents agreed by both sides.

“We invite you to look at the annexes or the documents that we have put up online in the interest of transparency. This will be the basis of the crafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will hopefully be passed by Congress,” Valte said.

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“And let’s give it a chance. There are so many groups that are supportive of this peace deal. Let’s give it a chance,” she added.

President Benigno Aquino III led Thursday the signing of the CAB aimed at ending the decades-long conflict that claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Muslim Mindanao.

The President and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak witnessed the signing of the said agreement at the Kalayaan grounds in Malacanang.

In his message prior to the signing, the President said he will aggressively push for a just and equitable Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Meanwhile, addressing the concerns of the employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) who fear they may lose their jobs once a new Bangsamoro political entity is established, Valte said the stakeholders considered their welfare during the negotiation for the peace agreement.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman earlier assured government workers in the autonomous region that they will be retained in their positions.

“I’m sure na isa ito sa mga bagay na napag-usapan na ng mga stakeholders dito, but nonetheless, we’ll ask for clarifications on this. Of course, na-consider naman ang kanilang welfare in the crafting of the agreement at isa na ‘yan doon din sa mga bagay na we should all keep in mind para hindi sila makalimutan,” Valte said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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