Palace: Failure in peace process not an option

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Saturday, August 9, 2014


THE National Government is putting its sight in having a successful Bangsamoro political entity during the term of President Benigno Aquino III and is working ahrd to achieve it, a Palace official said Saturday.

In an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte was asked if failure is not an option on the part of government with regards to Mindanao peace, she said the Palace was not entertaining skepticism and was eyeing for success.

"If you ask us, failure should not be on the horizon kasi hindi naman ito para sa amin. This is not for the President personally but it’s for our brothers and sisters in the Bangsamoro," Valte said.

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"Itutuloy natin ang pagtulak para nito. Kasi alam mo naman ang Pangulo, ‘pag sinabi niyang gusto niyang gawin, talagang he will put his weight on it, as the phrase goes."

Peace panels working on the agreed version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) clarified that they are making “good progress” in their work and have already completed over 70 percent of the draft bill. They said they are tackling the “hard issues” left.

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels expressed disappointment over news reports that came out this week implying near collapse of the discussion on the BBL.

The BBL was supposed to have been submitted to Congress on May 5, but the MILF objected to the result of revisions and comments made by the Malacañang review team.

The government said the proposed revisions were meant to ensure that the draft bill would pass congressional scrutiny and that it would not violate the Constitution.

The Palace listed the BBL as among the priority measures it has sent to Congress for deliberation. (SDR)

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