The GRP-MILF MOA on Ancestral Domain

Posted at 08/27/2008 9:22 AM | Updated as of 10/15/2008 4:48 PM

October 14, 2008

In a display of independence, the Supreme Court has struck down the scuttled ancestral domain agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that would have opened the country to dismemberment.

August 15, 2008
Timeline of the GRP-MILF peace talks since March 2001 to August 2008.
  
August 14, 2008
The bungling began with President Arroyo. She had an incoherent policy, sending mixed signals to the negotiating panel.
 
July 24, 2008
In a summary of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain obtained by abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak, Camilo Miguel Montesa, policy adviser of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), said that under the accord, the Philippine government agrees to...
 

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September 24, 2008

SC set to dismiss MOA-AD petition -- sources

The Supreme Court is poised to dismiss the petitions questioning the legality of the botched ancestral domain agreement with the MILF on the ground that there exists no actual controversy to settle the issue.


September 17, 2008

Malacañang insisted that President Arroyo did not know the details of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) contrary to the recent claim of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Hermogenes Esperon. 


 September 14, 2008

Esperon says peace process will continue

 Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Hermogenes Esperon said Sunday that efforts to resolve the conflict with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will continue despite the ongoing attrocities in Central Mindanao. 


September 12, 2008

I really don't appreciate the action of some people who went against the MOA for motives other than the best interest of Mindanao

Interview excerpts with defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro on the aborted ancestral homeland agreement and the current  turmoil in Mindanao.


September 3, 2008 

Senators not content with scrapping of peace panel

Several senators said they are not content with Malacañang's decision to dissolve the government peace panel negotiating with the MILF after it was "misled" into nearly signing the Muslim homeland agreement in Malaysia last August 5. 


September 3, 2008

Esperon: We are not closing peace talks with MILF

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Hermogenes Esperon said he would recommend resumption of peace talks with the MILF only after the environment has "substantially improved."  After President Arroyo dissolved the government's peace panel with the MILF, Esperon said a move by the MILF to turn over commanders Umbra Kato and Commander Bravo would be a good step in improving the environment for the talks. 


 September 3, 2008

Arroyo orders new panel for MILF peace talks

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita formally announced in a press conference that President Arroyo had dissolved the government's peace panel with the MILF. A new government peace panel with the MILF will be formed but future talks would depend on whether the separatist group would commit to abide by the ceasefire agreement with the government and whether it would turn over two rogue field commanders and other members who have staged violent attacks in North Cotabato, Lanao del Norte, and other provinces in the south. 


September 3, 2008

MILF negotiator: Gov't peace panel resolution 'normal'

President Arroyo orders the dissolution of the government's peace panel negotiating with the MILF is part of the peace procedure. MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told ABS-CBN News Channel that this is normal. He also said MILF leadership has yet to receive an official declaration from the Government of the republic of the Philippines’ (GRP) panel through the Malaysian peace facilitator. 


 September 3, 2008

Palace confirms gov't peace panel with MILF scrapped

Press Secretary Jesus Dureza confirmed that President Arroyo has dissolved the government panel conducting peace negotiations with the MILF. Dureza told ABS-CBN News that the termination of the government's peace panel headed by retired Gen. Rodolfo Garcia will pave the way for a fresh start to the peace process for Mindanao. 


August 29, 2008 

Ancestral domain MOA opens GMA to culpable violation of Constitution

Two issues surfaced in today's oral argument at the Supreme Court which issued a temporary restraining order last Aug. 4 on the signing of the MOA-AD: the ancestral domain agreement lays the groundwork for the dismemberment of the country, tantamount to culpable violation of the Constitution; and the MOA-AD compels the country to change its Constitution to conform to the provisions in the agreement as would have been demanded and required by international laws.  


 August 29, 2008

US ambassador hopes Mindanao peace process would go forward 

United States ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney is hopeful that the recent fighting in Mindanao would subside and that the peace process between the Philippine government and the MILF would move forward.  Kenney said that while the United States supports efforts for the resolution of the conflict, the issue has to be resolved by Filipinos themselves.


 August 28, 2008

Malaysia to extend peacekeepers in RP

Malaysia would keep its peace monitors in violence-torn southern Philippines for another three months after appeals from both Manila and the country's biggest Muslim rebel group. The decision came after Philippine officials and negotiators from the MILF met in Kuala Lumpur for the first time since violence flared in the southern Philippines earlier this month, killing nearly 200 people. 


 August 27, 2008

RP, Malaysia in talks to extend IMT

Representatives of Malaysia and the Philippines are in last-minute talks to extend the term of duty of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) and keep the ceasefire between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Armed Forces.


 August 27, 2008

OSG asked to dismiss anti-MOA-AD petitions

The Office of the Solicitor General reiterated its call for the dismissal of petitions seeking to nullify the Muslim ancestral homeland accord in the consolidated reply it filed at the Supreme Court (SC). The SC asked OSG to reply to the comments of groups opposed to the MOA-AD which insisted that the SC should still rule on the various petitions even if the government has decided to review and not sign the agreement.


 August 26, 2008

Lanao attack was MILF’s ‘political statement’ to ancestral homeland accord foul up: analysts

Common view of analysts on the recent developments in southern Philippines following the failed August 5 signing of the MOA-AD between the Arroyo government and the MILF said the attack in Lanao del Norte was the separatist group’s “political statement” in response to widespread opposition on the MOA-AD. 


  August 17, 2008

SC justices suggest renegotiating homeland deal with MILF

Some Supreme Court justices have floated the possibility of renegotiating the ancestral domain agreement between the government and the MLF, which has been assailed as unconstitutional. Associate Justices Conchita Carpio-Morales and Arturo Brion suggested that the government and the MILF go back to the negotiating table since granting a state within a state in the MOA-AD may not be possible under the Constitution. 


 August 16, 2008

Palace: All will have to ‘submit’ to SC ruling on Moro homeland

Press Secretary Jesus Dureza neither confirmed nor denied a report that the Arroyo administration has decided not to sign the ancestral domain agreement with the MILF and will instead seek to renegotiate the accord. Dureza suggests waiting for the ruling 


 August 15, 2008

Gov’t will no longer sign homeland deal with MILF: sources

Malacañang acknowledged other ways of granting Muslims in Mindanao their demand for an ancestral homeland without changing the system of government but refuses to share these alternatives while the Supreme Court is still deliberating on the MOA-AD. Government’s peace negotiators will no longer sign the MOA-AD but will try to renegotiate with the MILF.  


August 15, 2008

Supreme Court urged not to strike down Muslim homeland accord

Prof. Rudy Rodil, a member of the governmen's peace panel, said that SC's decision to strike down the MOA on Ancestral Domain would create a major obstacle to the peace process. 


August 14, 2008

Ampatuan appeals for ‘more dialogue’ between GRP, MILF, and federalism advocates

Newly re-elected Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the ARMM is calling on the government, the MILF, and the federalism advocates to hold more dialogues to solve the conflicts in Mindanao. Ampatuan said a series of conversations is needed to hear the concerns of those who will be affected by the expansion of the region. 


August 7, 2008

Palace keeping Esperon, rebukes MILF on 'done deal' position

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita on Thursday said that it is not about to sack Presidential Peace Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. after calls for his removal were made Wednesday by critics supposedly for "messing up" peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).


August 5, 2008

SC’s ruling on homeland agreement cheers Zambo officials

Zamboanga City officials expressed their appreciation to the Supreme Court on its decision granting a temporary restraining order to the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain between the peace panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).


 August 5, 2008

SC urged not to ‘kill’ peace process with MILF

The Supreme Court could "kill" the peace process with the separatist MILF if it makes the TRO on the Moro homeland agreement permanent, Camilo Montesa, a legal adviser to the government peace panel said. Judicial Review after the actual signing of the MOA-AD would have been more appropriate than a TRO since the peace process is a "political question" which is the "province" of the executive, not of the judiciary. 


 August 5, 2008

Romulo: Halt on pact with MILF only temporary

The Supreme Court decision to halt the signing of a land deal between the government and separatist rebels is only a temporary setback, said Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo. Romulo disappointed with the TRO but confident the deal did not contravene the constitution. 


August 5, 2008

'More battles still ahead over stalled govt-MILF deal'

North Cotabato Vice-Gov. Manny Piñol on Tuesday said the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to bar the scheduled signing of on the Moro homeland agreement was merely an “initial victory” because there are still “tougher battles ahead.”


August 5, 2008

'BJE can become a separate state even without amending the Charter'

The provisions under the controversial memorandum of agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain would grant the proposed  Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) a status of belligerency, or an international recognition as a separate and independent state, a former lawmaker warned Tuesday.


August 5, 2008

Supreme Court stops homeland deal with MILF

The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order halting a territorial deal between the government and Muslim separatists, just as an agreement between Manila and the MILF was set to be signed in Kuala Lumpur after more than 10 years of stop-start talks.


August 4, 2008

'No loss of RP territory in Moro homeland accord'

The Philippines will not lose any territory or sovereignty in the agreement on a new Moro homeland agreement that will be signed August 5 in Malaysia, a top Arroyo adviser said.

Ret. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, presidential adviser on the peace process, told ANC that the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) will also go through democratic processes.


August 4, 2008

Erap, Pia hail SC order halting Moro homeland deal 

Two opposition personalities, Senator Pia Cayetano and former President Joseph Estrada, hailed the Supreme Court's TRO on the signing of the MOA-AD between the government and the MILF. Though both agreed pursuing peace processes in Mindanao. 


 August 3, 2008

Drilon to Arroyo: Signing of GRP-MILF agreement is ‘impeachable offense’

Former Senate President and Liberal Party National Chairman Franklin Drilon warned Malacanang that signing the MOA-AD is an impeachable offense as it violates the 1987 Constitution.  Drilon added the agreement with the MILF was merely a prelude to amend the 1987 Constitution and extend President Arroyo’s term which will end in 2010.  


August 2, 2008

Moro homeland accord sets stage for last phase of peace talks

The signing on August 5 of the agreement on a new Moro homeland between the government and the MILF sets the stage for talks on the final "comprehensive compact" that will hopefully bring to a close an armed conflict that has killed 120,000 people since the1960s. 


 July 27, 2008

Collapse of GRP-MILF talks on Moro homeland ‘most serious threat to peace’

The collapse of the talks between the Arroyo government and the MILF on an expanded Moro homeland is “the most serious threat” to the peace process and may eventually lead to war, according to an analyst.


July 25, 2008

Getting it right this time - Miriam Coronel Ferrer

Although the MILF and the government learned lessons from the failed government-Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) process and are anxious to do it right this time, they are faced with the same disturbing scenario that followed the post-September 1996 signing of the accord with the MNLF: absence of popular support, and convoluted political interests that messed up the whole undertaking.


July 24, 2008

Lack of consultation transparency on More homeland accord hit

Various peace advocates and a Christian politician in Mindanao have decried the lack of consultation and transparency on the ancestral domain agreement between the Philippine government and the MILF. Parties said the MOA-AD was not a good way to start implementing peace deals. 


 July 24, 2008

Ancestral domain opens door to MILF declaration of independence: analysts

The ancestral domain agreement in the MOA grants armed separatist group the status of belligerency and opens the door for a self-declaration of independence, a former member of the government’s negotiating panel said. 


 

July 18, 2008

MILF: ARMM polls hurdle to peace pact

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front said Friday that the August 11 elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is another obstacle to the peace talks between MILF and the government.


May 19, 2008

‘Esperon as chief adviser won’t derail GRP-MILF talks’

The appointment of former AFP Chief of Staff Hermogenes Esperon as the government's chief peace adviser will not derail ongoing peace negotiations between the government and the MILF, according to Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. Garcia claims Esperon knows the dynamic of the peace process and helped draft amendments in the AFP Guidelines on the Primacy of the GRP-MILF Peace Process to make the environment conducive to the talks.


 April 29, 2008

(Update) MILF blames govt for crisis in peace talks

MILF blamed the Philippine government for the current crisis affecting peace negotiations. MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said the government should adhere to the consensus points and a draft proposal on the issue of ancestral domain. The government's failure to take steps to prevent the pullout of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao could lead to the total failure of the peace process. 


 January 8, 2008

MILF: Peace talks with MILF may bog down

MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal warned that there is a big possibility that the peace process with the Philippine government would bog down because of the postponement of the 15th and last exploratory talks between the armed separatist group and the government negotiating panel last December 16 and 17 last year. The government has allegedly "betrayed the consensus point" on the aspect of ancestral domain that both parties jointly drafted, agreed and signed from April 2005 until November last year.