Palace denies MILF walkout in KL talks

Posted at 07/12/2013 4:21 PM | Updated as of 07/12/2013 4:21 PM

MANILA - Malacañang said President Aquino sent presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita “Ging” Deles to Kuala Lumpur to reiterate his support for the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President told the secretaries "to convey really the message that we are firm in our commitment to the peace process."  

“The presence of both secretaries is a manifestation of the continuing commitment of the President as well as the support of the Cabinet for both panels and for us to fulfill the aspirations of the Framework Agreement.” 

Asked if the peace panel has been given the flexibility in negotiating the terms of the wealth-sharing proposal with the MILF, Valte said the peace panel is aware of the “metes and bounds." She declined to discuss other details of the talks while it is ongoing.  

“Noong umalis naman po sila, binigyan po sila noon what we call the metes and bounds of kung ano ho iyong pwedeng on the side of government that is to be proposed,” Valte said.  

The spokesperson denied that the MILF panel walked out from the talks, saying the meeting on Thursday was “adjourned properly.” 

“The government had requested for an extension of the talks and it is ongoing now. Pumayag naman po iyong isang panel. So wala pa po tayong ibang update doon. They are still talking as we speak,” she said.