Palace mum on Leonen SC bid

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 19 2012 02:54 PM | Updated as of Oct 19 2012 10:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace declined to comment on how chief peace negotiator Marvic Leonen’s acceptance of his nomination as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court will impact on the government’s peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President has yet to discuss this, only to say that Leonen has played a very important role in pushing the peace process forward. 
“Nakita naman po natin ‘yung pagsulong ‘nung mga pag-uusap ngayong chief negotiator po si Dean Marvic and certainly marami na pong goodwill na na-generate doon sa kanilang mga pag-uusap. Ayoko po muna kasing mag-komento ngayon dahil syempre si Dean Marvic din naman ‘yung magde-desisyon… kung mananatili ba siya o ipu-pursue niya…’yung kabilang path kung saan siya nahaharap ngayon,” Valte told reporters.
“Nakita po natin ‘yung naging paglakad, ‘yung naging pagsulong noon and malaki po talaga ‘yung contribution ng peace panel natin ngayon doon sa naging pagpirma ‘nung framework agreement natin,” she added.

Leonen was instrumental in drafting the framework agreement that paves the way for the creation of a new Bangsamoro region and end decades of violence in Mindanao.

Both Leonen and MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal signed the agreement in Malacanang last Monday.

The signing was witnessed by President Benigno Aquino III, MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.