Palace: Don't speculate on CDO blast

Posted at 10/12/2012 8:37 PM | Updated as of 10/14/2012 11:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is still mum on reports that Thursday’s bombing in Cagayan de Oro could be linked to the Bangsamoro deal between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters Friday that it is speculative at this point to make such conclusions.

"We will reserve comment until such time the PNP [Philippine National Police] leadership has completed and received the results of the investigation because, at this point, while the investigation is ongoing it would be premature for us to conclude," said Valte.

Reports quoted police investigators on the Cagayan de Oro incident, saying authorities are looking at the possible link on the Bangsamoro deal.

But Valte appealed to police authorities to refrain from making such premature statements considering that it may have some effect on the peace negotiations.

At the moment, the Palace is busy making preparations for the signing of the Framework Agreement between government and MILF leadership this coming Monday at the Palace.

Valte said the signing will be conducted in the afternoon and the guest list is still being finalized.

Already on the list, according to Valte, are the members of the International Contact Group, the International Monitoring Team, some aide organizations and civil society organizations that are involved in the peace process.

"In fact, I was informed this morning that mayroon pong mga CSOs na nag-launch na ng kanilang caravan from Mindanao all the way here to participate and to attend the signing of the Framework Agreement on Monday," said Valte.