Panel head: GPH-MILF peace process going well

ALL is well in the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an official said Friday.

Government chief negotiator Miriam Ferrer-Coronel said that her panel and the MILF counterpart led by Mohagher Iqbal were in fact set to resume the formal talks next week where they hope to sign the wealth sharing annex and to convene for the first time the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) that will review, assess, evaluate and monitor the implementation of the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and its annexes.

She made the statement amid the reported disinformation surrounding the government-MILF peace process. Read more

Scrapping of Aquino’s counter-insurgency program sought anew

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker on Tuesday called on President Benigno Aquino III to junk the government’s counter-insurgency program dubbed “Oplan Bayanihan” after a United Nations (UN) report revealed that children are being used in military operations.

“Children will continue to become victims amid intensified clashes and military operations. Not only will they be used as shields or recruited as guides, worse, as Aquino’s AFP continues its implementation of Oplan Bayanihan, more children will fall victims to indiscriminate firing and community blockades,” Gabriela party-list Representative Luzviminda Ilagan said. Read more

Palace blames communist rebels for bleak prospect in peace process

MALACAÑANG blamed Monday the communist New People’s Army (NPA) for a bleak prospect in signing a peace agreement with the Aquino administration.

In his regular press briefing, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that it was the Maoist group which has stalled the peace process.

“We have already proven our provenance when coming to a peace agreement. We would like to have a peace agreement with them. But it is not us which is the stumbling block to the peace process,” he said. Read more