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PIA Press Release
2008/08/13

Gov't prepares for oral arguments on MOA-AD

By Mai Gevera  

Davao City (13 August) -- Peace adviser Hermogenes Esperon bared in his recent visit to Davao City said his office is serious in overcoming the Temporary Restraining Order on the Ancestral Domain Memorandum of Agreement.  

" We will appear before the Supreme Court justices for the oral arguments.", he said.  

Esperon pointed out that the forum is the proper venue to explain that the MOA is just one part of the negotiations and is also just a document that still need enabling laws passed by the Congress before it gets implemented.  

Nevertheless, this MOA is considered by both panels from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as a very important building block in the Mindanao peace process.  

Esperon is against the suggestion of some politicians calling for a re-negotiation as this would only mean prolonging the peace process and that would bring back the country to where it first started many years ago.

The GRP and MILF panels agreed for the wealth-sharing formula believing that it is but fair enough to grant the entitlement to the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) as it has long been left behind economically.

Esperon said that the income will also go a long way in their developmental efforts.  

He dispelled the misconceptions which insinuated that the government is giving-in to the difficult demands of the MILF.  

However, it was explained that the long delayed peace talks would only show the government's careful deliberation on some of the MILF demands and some were not even approved as they are seen inimical to the national interest. But when the MILF agreed to the conduct of a plebiscite in the determination of the BJE, that brought in a positive sign for the peace talks.  

" We fought for a plebiscite because this is the highest form of consultation in our democracy," Esperon said.  

Despite the supreme court temporary restraining order, the peace adviser still believes that the country is just a few strides away from attaining a lasting peace. (PIA) [top]

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