MILF: Bangsamoros patient but losing trust

Posted at 06/21/2013 7:33 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2013 7:33 PM

MANILA – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chairman for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar said the Bangsamoro people are losing trust and confidence in the peace process as talks have yet to resume.

Jaafar said the Bangsamoro people remain patient, but the MILF leadership's control on the Bangsamoro people might also decrease if the impasse continues.

“The Bangsamoro people have been patient for more than 27 years. The patience is still there but the trust and confidence that the Bangsamoro issue can be addressed in the peace talks ay konti konti nawawala ang confidence nila,” Jaafar told ANC’s “Top Story” on Friday.

Government said talks with the MILF may resume next month in Kuala Lumpur, but Jaafar said a specific date has not been set.

The fresh round of talks is expected to tackle the wealth sharing annex between the government and the MILF.

Government’s peace panel chairperson Miriam Ferrer believes that despite the stalled negotiations, the peace process is still on track, and issues will be resolved before the end of the Aquino administration.

“2016 is a long way, as long as we sign the second annex, then there’s no reason we can’t get to the third and last annex as soon as possible. But we know that these are difficult issues that the government will have to study really hard so we can fully commit to it,” Ferrer told ANC on a separate interview.

The peace talks aim to create an autonomous region for the Muslim community in Mindanao.

The two sides signed the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement in October outlining the broad terms for a peace treaty that would be signed before the end of President Benigno Aquino’s term.