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PIA Press Release
2008/08/21

Gov't seeks review of controversial Memorandum on Agreement with MILF

Manila (21 August) -- The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has submitted a manifestation to the Supreme Court (SC) calling for a "further review" of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Ancestral Domain to move forward the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and finally bring lasting peace in Mindanao.

In his weekly media briefing in Malacanang, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera submitted the manifestation to the Supreme Court yesterday.

"We were informed by the Solicitor General that they have presented a manifestation before the Supreme Court that there will be further review of the existing documents, especially the MOA with the end in view of moving negotiations that would lead to the drafting of the final peace agreement," Ermita said.

The Executive Secretary said that in her manifestation Devanadera pointed out that the two parties explained that the realization of the MILF aspiration for a Bangsamoro homeland "shall be achieved only by complying with the existing legal processes such as the enactment of appropriate legislation or amendment of the Constitution itself as well as the holding of a plebiscite."

Ermita, clarified that the MOA is still not a final agreement since it is subject to certain conditions that have to be complied with.

"The issuance of the SC of a temporary restraining order (TRO), coupled by present condition in some areas of Mindanao, dictates that the MOA in its present form must undergo review," he said.

Ermita said the Executive Department will pursue further negotiations leading to the crafting of a final peace agreement within the context of the Constitution.

He said the Supreme Court has an oral argument on the GRP-MILF MOA on Friday to thresh out the issues at bar at the soonest time possible. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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