Quevedo optimistic on GPH, MILF peace deal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2014 11:20 AM | Updated as of Jan 25 2014 07:20 PM

MANILA – Cardinal-elect Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo expressed optimism about the ongoing peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

"Both panels are sincere and they are open to each other and have gone a long way in taking, receiving, giving and taking with regard to their own ideas about peace," Quevedo said in an interview with radio dzMM on Saturday morning.

Quevedo further gave credit to the panels by saying both parties have sacrificed a lot and only have in mind the common good of the people of Mindanao and of the country.

"Even the MILF do not only have the Bangsamoro in mind but also the whole country. They would like to see the good of the country realized," he said.

"And our own peace panel has been very open. They consult the principal, which is President Aquino, but again their parameters are there very clearly, and within those parameters they will succeed in finding the last annex on Sunday," he continued.

On Friday, MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said both parties are closing in on the final point on normalization which they hope to happen before the end of the week.

The two sides hope to craft a final peace agreement to end a decades-long armed struggle in Mindanao.

"The most important thing is the Bangsamoro Basic Law. I think the people, the grassroots people, need to be consulted on that every section before they are really approved. I think that's important but I am very optimistic," Quevedo said.