Malaysian PM, MILF leaders leave Manila on a high note

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2012 01:58 PM | Updated as of Oct 16 2012 09:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak left the Philippines Tuesday morning after witnessing yesterday the historic signing of the peace plan between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Malacañang.

Razak, whose country brokered the peace plan between the two parties to end the decades long rebellion in Mindanao, left for Malaysia via a private plane at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

Meanwhile, the MILF delegation, led by chairman Al Haj Murad, left for Cotabato at around 11 a.m. via Philippine Airlines flight PR 1875.

Murad and President Bengino Aquino III's meeting at the Malacañang yesterday is considered historical, as it was the first time the MILF leader set foot inside the seat of power after waging rebellion against the government for decades.

The MILF delegation was joined by Filipino Muslims and other MILF members outside Malacañang who, in a rare occasion, celebrated with some government troops and non-Muslim groups.

After the signing of the agreement, which proposes the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity, President Benigno Aquino III is expected to issue an executive order that will direct the creation of a transition committee to draft a basic law.

The basic law will go through Congress. “Any proposed law resulting from this framework will be subject to ratification through a plebiscite. Once approved, there will be elections,” Aquino said last October 7, when he announced the breakthrough.