Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RP delegation dispatched to update Malaysia on talks with MILF

Malacañang on Wednesday sent a delegation to Kuala Lumpur to update the Malaysian government on the status of the peace efforts between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The delegation was headed by presidential adviser on the peace process Hermogenes Esperon Jr who was also tasked to update the Malaysians on the ongoing operations in Mindanao.

This was revealed by Press Secretary Jesus Dureza who added that the said delegation includes National Intelligence Coordinating Authority chief and former deputy national security adviser Pedro Cabuay and Foreign Undersecretary Rafael Seguis.

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales was supposed to lead the delegation and represent President Arroyo during the party's call on Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi but he had to beg off to undergo angioplasty at the St Luke's Medical Center Wednesday morning.

"I think we owe it to the Malaysians to be able to officially inform them of the present status as far as it stands with the Philippine government," Dureza said.

Asked if the government would be seeking an extension of the term of the International Monitoring Team which Malaysia is a part of, he said it would be better to wait for the results of the trip.

The decision to send a delegation to Kuala Lumpur was made weeks after the collapse of the talks between the Philippine government and the MILF.

The collapse of the talks was blamed on attacks launched by wayward MILF commanders on civilian communities in parts of Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato and Saranggani.

The attacks were launched after the Supreme Court stopped the signing of an agreement on ancestral domain. - GMANews.TV

1 comment:

ZHO said...

Thirty-nine years of seeming ignorance made us realize something. "We are in dire straits".

We are choosing our leaders too wisely, er ... did we?

We are condemning the MILF for acts of violence, er ... aren't they the oppressed?

We blame soldiers for being reactionary, er ... what must they do - guardian angels?

We are united for peace, er ... since when?

We always work for peace, er ... excuse please, what does peace means?