Palace urged to bare any Cha-cha deal with MILF

Posted at 02/11/2014 2:09 AM

MANILA - The House independent bloc wants the Aquino administration to disclose if it committed to change the 1987 Constitution in signing the peace agreement it is finalizing with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The bloc's head, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, said in a statement: "Foremost among the details we want to clarify is the reported commitment of the government panel that the Constitution will be amended if necessary just to finalize the peace agreement.If this is true, we want to know by what law or by whose authority did the government panel commit the Constitution to the MILF. We are not aware of any law providing such an authority to any government panel.”

"We still have to have copy of the draft. Di ko alam kung sino sa inyo ang may kopya pa rin nun kasi ang alam lang natin baka may mga draft of the annexes na in print kaya miski yun hinde pa natin naa-access pero maraming mga tanong diyan tungkol sa Bangsamoro,” he added.

Romualdez is allied with former President Gloria Arroyo, under whose term the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain was struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

The MOA-AD under the MILF was supposed to be part of the peace process under the Arroyo administration.