‘MOA-AD can be used as peace talk reference’-A A +A
Saturday, September 10, 2011
PAGADIAN CITY -- A Mindanao business leader said he is in favor of using as a "reference" the botched Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) in the resumption of peace talks between the government and Moro rebels.
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) vice president Edwin Capili said, however, that the botched MOA-AD should only be used as "starting point of discussion" of the ongoing peace talks.
"It could be used as a reference but not in its entirety," Capili said during the 20th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) in this city.
The 20th MinBizCon, a gathering of businessmen and other concerned stakeholders, was held from Thursday until Friday at the City Commercial Center here.
Capili said the way the MOA-AD was crafted is questionable.
The MOA-AD was supposed to be signed by the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels in 2008 but did not push through after the Supreme Court declared it as unconstitutional.
Capili urged both the government and MILF to sign a peace accord that reflects the sentiments and is acceptable to everyone in Mindanao. (Bong Garcia)