Malacañang welcomes the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's
commitment to peace
The Palace welcomed the statement of Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal
assuring the United Nations that the separatist group
remains committed to peace despite the non-passage of the
Bangsamoro Basic Law.
Iqbal said the MILF will
continue to engage in peace initiatives despite the security
challenges on the ground.
"We welcome this statement
and this reassurance from Chairman Iqbal," Undersecretary
Manuel Quezon III of the Presidential Communications
Development and Strategic Planning Office said in a radio
interview on Saturday.
"As you know, the agreement
still stands that was signed in Malacañang between the MILF
and the administration, and that this remains the
cornerstone for working forward."
Quezon said that
while Congress was unable to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law
as the administration had hoped, the public must remember
that the commitment on the part of the government persists.
He told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that he believes all sides
are committed to ensuring that the progress made by both
sides this far remains and becomes a durable foundation for
On the issue of possible restlessness on
the ground after Congress failed to pass the BBL, Quezon
said it is speculative at this time that violence will
"At this point, I believe it is speculative
and premature and a cause for undue alarm to speculate on
this," he stressed. "What we have is a framework agreement
that exists and to which the government is committed."
"I believe that we have seen that in terms of the
partners such as the MILF that they are doing their part to
maintain their adherence to this and their commitment to
this framework agreement."(Full story: 02.06.16)