MEMBERS of the newly-created government peace panel left the country yesterday to formally re-launch efforts for the implementation of the two-year-old Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
The government peace panel headed by Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza, chairman Irene Santiago, Presidential Adviser for National Security Council, Ret. General Hermogenes Esperon and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno left the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 7:55 a.m. bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dureza said they are scheduled to meet the representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] in a formal meeting on August 13-14.
Dureza pointed out that the scheduled talks are crucial as the two sides are entering the implementation phase of the peace agreement.
“The meeting is actually the implementation stage of what we envisioned to be a Bangsamoro enabling law. It is to implement the CAB that was signed between the government and the MILF in 2014,” Dureza said.
He, added, that “We have already gotten the consensus of all sectors in the Bangsamoro that the period of the negotiations is over. We are now in the process of implementing all these signed agreements”.
Meanwhile President Rodrigo Duterte does not want Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari imprisoned.
“With his fragile age, I don’t want him detained... It’s better that he stays there,” Duterte said, stressing that he should not be detained despite a pending warrant for his arrest.
Duterte said it would be a big problem for the country if Misuari died while under government custody.
“Malaking problema yan, you lose the chance to have peace talks with anybody there,” Duterte said.