Businessmen hail PNoy-Murad meeting

MALAYBALAY CITY – Some Mindananawon businessmen welcomed President Benigno Aquino III’s historic meeting the Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, the chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to whom the government is negotiating peace.

Vicente Lao, Mindanao Business Council chair welcome the move as a good development.

“It shows that this administration is seriously pursuing peace,” he told Bukidnon News via a text message Saturday night.

“It sends a good indication for business,” Manuel Orig, First Vice President for Mindanao Affairs of Aboitiz Power said.

“It is high time for peace,” he added after a briefing he gave to Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro reporters in Davao City.

“We welcome it. It’s good for business,” Raul Alkuino, former president of the board of the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative said.

Alkuino, an advocate for federalism, lamented the national government’s treatment of Mindanao.

“When imperial Manila is in trouble, they use the MILF, the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front, and the Abu Sayyaf or anything that draw attention,” he said.

He said the tactic was inherited through the different presidencies. “Maybe PNoy (President Aquino) will change that system by investing in Mindanao,” he added.

Aquino and Murad Ebrahim shook hands and talked peace for two hours in a hotel in Japan with their respective panel chairs taking down notes, the President’s Cabinet members and the MILF’s peace panel and Central Committee members as well as the Malaysian facilitator waiting outside the meeting room.

“It is high time a genuine peace talks to start this early in PNoy’s (President) Aquino’s administration,” Dr. Rachito Abellanosa, a sports tourism enthusiast from Bukidnon said. He added that its about time peaceful environment for all especially the neglected Muslims who were deprived of education, health, and infrastructure, by their elite leaders.

Other officials, however, welcome the development with caution.

“Peace negotiations should not be between them (peace panels) alone. Especially if it is a fast tracked peace process, the people should know (what’s being talked about),” Malaybalay bishop Jose Cabantan.

“Hopefully, the terms and conditions are transparent (this time) so we won’t be fooled again,” Bukidnon Gov. Alex Calingasan. (Walter I. Balane)


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