Zubiri: Bangsamoro sub-state – best proposal so far for peace

MALAYBALAY CITY – Bukidnon Vice Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. said the proposal of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for a Moro sub-state in Mindanao is the best solution to the conflict in Mindanao.

“The creation of the sub-state is the best solution so far, it has never been approached properly before,” Zubiri told reporters here Thursday, before meeting Bukidnon elected officials for the proposed local political party.

Zubiri made the statement after Mohagher Iqbal, MILF peace panel chair admitted to reporters in Manila that the MILF had incorporated the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD), which was initialed by the Arroyo administration and the MILF. The Supreme Court eventually pronounced the MOA-AD as unconstitutional.

In a statement, GPH peace panel chair Marvic Leonen said they prefer that negotiations with the MILF be done at the negotiating table rather than through the media.

“The contents of the MILF’s Revised Comprehensive Compact which may have references to their proposed sub-state or a reworking of the MOA-AD is entirely a position of the MILF and not that of the GPH. The GPH’s proposal to resolve the conflict in Mindanao will be presented to the MILF on August 22,” he said.

“In our view, the MILF’s release of details of their proposal is part of their effort to check the sentiment of various publics for their current positions,” he added in the statement emailed to the media Thursday by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Zubiri said the sub-state is the best and the fastest solution to the problem of lack of peace in Mindanao.

“This is also giving them what they want – to govern themselves,” he added.

But he clarified that the two panels will agree that the sub-state will be composed of territories where plebiscites will be held to make it constitutional.

Back in 2008, Zubiri told this reporter that he will oppose the inclusion of Brgy. Pamotolon in Kalilangan town, one of Bukidnon’s 464 barangays in the province boundary with Lanao del Sur.

Pamotolon was  identified as one of the 735 villages in the proposed Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE), under Category A or those that will go through a plebiscite within a year from the supposed signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

He said then that as it would also affect the internal revenue allotment of Kalilangan and the province. He lamented the lack of consultation by the government peace panel then. (Walter I. Balane)

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