CSO YOUTHS STAGED SIMULTANEOUS PEACE RALLY FOR RESUMPTION OF GPH-MILF PEACE TALKS

In Cotabato City the members of youths Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) staged a peaceful rally at the Sultan Kudarat Monument, Tantawan Park, this morning of March 25, 2013, in which last March 18, also staged a same simultaneous peace rally.

They called on the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to preserve the gains of the peace process and remain steadfast in upholding the supremacy of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

“We staged again a series of peace rally in protest to the Government of the Philippines, not to postponed the peace talks with MILF. The peace talks must be given priority rather than the Sabah issue as it is a clear manifestation of sabotage of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.” Dats Magon, spokesperson of the groups, said.

The March 25 to 27 peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur did not push through as scheduled, upon the request of President Benigno Simeon Aquino, and no reason was cited for the GPH requested postponement.

The aimed of the peace rally is to save the gains of the peace talks between the GPH and MILF panels in which arrived to signing of Framework Agreement on ther Bangsamoro (FAB) last October 15, 2012, in Malacanang, Manila.

Part of their press statement, the groups call on:

1. Preserve the gains of the peace process and continue the negotiations on the other unresolved annexes so that they can sign a comprehensive compact agreement in soonest possible time;

2. The peace panels to ignore unscrupulous politicians, ill-minded groups and individuals, and carpetbaggers who are bent to destroy the peace process for their personal gain;

3. The Philippine and Malaysian Governments to consider the Sabah Crisis as a separate issue that shall not in any way derail the GPH-MILF peace Process;

4. The GPH and the MILF Peace Panels to issue a Joint Policy Statement that will contain among others, the issue on Sabah; considering it as a separate issue; resolving it peacefully; and addressing the human rights situation thereat, and

The groups called on all peace loving people of the country and other nations to support the peace process between the GPH and MILF until a Comprehensive Agreement is ink that will provide opportunity for the people in Mindanao to leave in harmony, peace, prosperity and progress.

Before the end of the rally, Dats Magon announced that they have received information message from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia that an on-going “special meeting” between GPH_MILF peace panel is being held, in which the group shout the Takbeer “Allahu Akbar”.

The result of the special meeting between the negotiating panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, 2013, ended with a firm commitment of the two parties to continue the talks in an expeditious manner.

As stated in their press release:

The special meeting was called in lieu of the 37th round of Formal Exploratory Talks upon the request of the Government.

The parties discussed the composition of the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) and the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP), the convening of the Transition Commission in the first week of April 2013, and the Terms of Reference of the Task Force Sajahatra Bangsamoro.

The parties agreed to meet in the second week of April 2013 for the 37th round of Formal Peace Talks.

News retrieved from: www.luwaran.com and the video is COURTESY of ABS-CBN Cotabato posted at CBCS facebook account.