No foreign interference in PH-MILF framework deal

Posted at 10/19/2012 11:15 AM | Updated as of 10/19/2012 11:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday said no foreign country intervened in the drafting of the 2012 Framework Agreement signed by the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

In a text message, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte downplayed former President Joseph Estrada’s statement questioning Malaysia’s role in the peace negotiations with the MILF.

“Katulad ng nabanggit ni GPH chief negotiator Marvic Leonen, walang dayuhang bansa ang nagpressure sa dalawang panig habang sila ay naguusap ukol sa magiging kasunduan,” she said.

Estrada earlier said the Philippines must not allow foreign governments to intervene in the country’s “internal problems.”

“We should prove to them that the Philippines is a sovereign and independent country. We are way ahead of Malaysia in terms of independence,” he told the Philippine Star.

“I am against the Malaysian government intervening in Philippine affairs. You don’t have to ask foreign countries to intervene and encroach on our sovereignty,” he added.

The government and MILF peace panels conducted 32 formal exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia as the chief facilitator.

On Monday, Leonen and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal signed the "framework agreement," which lays down the groundwork for the creation of a Bangsamoro region in Mindanao. The agreement was signed in Malacañang and witnessed by President Benigno Aquino III, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.  With a report from Philippine Star