Filipino Muslim Rebels Formally Sign Framework Agreement for Peace With Manila Govt. From : John Gilbuena Oct. 15, 2012 Manila – The Philippines’ Manila-centered islands republican government formally signed Monday a historic framework agreement for long-lasting peace with the main separatist Muslim rebel group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for the first time at the Presidential Palace at Malacanang. The peace scheme, a fully amplified a roadmap for real autonomous Muslim region called “Bangsa Moro” under President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Simeon III, pushed through after some 15 years of continued Malaysian-brokered peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur which also propelled an international peace monitoring team led by its own key military officers in Mindanao conflicts zones since 2001. This developed as some already conventional elections-oriented politicized Muslim leaders, including Nur Misuari, former chief of another separatist rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the forerunner of MILF whose members broke away from the 1996 peace accord under then President Fidel V. Ramos, outrightly rejected the said signed framework agreement apparently for politically motivated reasons, as he already started roaming his traditional political bailiwicks in Sulu in preparation for the local and national synchronized elections in May 2013. “…We commit to peace….,” pronounced President Aquino before the signing of the framework agreement at 3 p.m. in a jampacked well-chandeliered and red-carpeted function room of originally Spanish designed Malacanang Palace where some 200 MILF delegates, including Muslim widows whose spouses were killed in four decades-old conflicts and rebel leaders headed by their chieftain Al Hadj Murad Ibrahim, marched for the first time ever in Philippine history, and distinctly without guns. “Never in my wildest dreams as a child … that one a day I will be able to see this room...,” the sexagenarian Murad Ibrahim said before the signing attended also by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and other foreign diplomats and dignitaries, including the influential Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which was instrumental in giving clout to Misuari’s MNLF observer status in the powerful global Islamic grouping that helped forge the controversial 1970s’ Tripoli Agreement which pivoted for belligerency status to any main separatist Muslim armed group in the southern Philippines in diplomatic peace table. Included in the framework’s provisions are MNLF segments still marooned in the mainstream separatist movements. But expressly excluded are terrorists and bandits, including Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen. “We dedicated the framework agreement to our departed leaders,” said Murad, as he heartfully prayed never to see again in the corners of Mindanao refugee camps and images of war waged by Muslims of Mindanao and Bornean Sultanates against non-Islamic conquerors since Spanish colonial period barely 500 years ago. The framework agreement, signed for Manila by Filipino expert lawyer and academician Marvic Leonen and his MILF counterpart Mohagher Iqbal who will both set parameters to be further discussed for final formal signing of Peace Agreement in November or before the end of the year which would gear for dynamic and proactive implementation of all points, including the creation 15-member transition commission out to determine precise jurisdiction of the Bangsa Moro autonomous region through another plebiscite out to push through with the final peace pact. Critics, however, classified the framework agreement as a well-upgraded political machine to run a quality-controlled autonomous region for Filipino Muslim minority populace in the Catholic Christian-dominated islands republic, but still with same recurrent problems of chronic realignment of dissatisfied Muslim sectors to tow again the line of another armed separatist rebellion after majority of them laid down and surrendered their firearms. 30 - Breaking News Allvoices

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