THE government has completed its five-man panel tasked at negotiating peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao, a Palace official said Friday.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Secretary Ricky Carandang made the confirmation but he however declined to name the members of the group.

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Sun.Star sought Presidential Adviser for Peace Process Teresita Deles for her to identify the panel members but she too refused, noting that she is still waiting for the formal appointment papers.

“But we will announce the names as soon as possible,” she said in a text message.

Earlier, there are already three names that will likely make it in five-man peace team.

It includes Marvic Leonen of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, Miriam Coronel Ferrer, a UP political science professor, and Senen Bacani, former agriculture secretary during the presidency of late President Corazon Aquino.

Although MILF expressed pessimism on the resumption of peace talks after Ramadan, Malacanang assured that they have been preparing for the talks to push through after the Islamic fasting ends on September 9.

“I supposed there’ll going to be some preparations for that so that we can start right away after the Ramadan,” Carandang said.

MILF disclosed that there has been no formal action yet from the government in relation to continuation of talks.

Carandang said Malacanang is not dumping any options on how to be able to achieve peace with Moro rebels even the possible amendment of the Constitution.

“We are open to considering what proposals could be put forth to achieve lasting peace in the region,” Carandang stressed. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)