MNLF included in Bangsamoro transition commission, says Palace


Posted at Nov 06 2012 10:57 AM | Updated as of Nov 06 2012 09:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A Palace spokesperson on Monday said the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) will be included in the transition commission that will draft the Bangsamoro Law.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the MNLF, whose leader Nur Misuari has been very vocal about his opposition to the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro, will be part of the 15-member commission.

"From what I understand, there is a seat that is reserved for the MNLF," Valte said.

Valte said President Aquino is set to issue an executive order creating the commission, following the signing of the framework agreement between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

"My understanding is that the EO will be released as well as the succeeding appointments to that. But I'm pretty sure that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process can give you a better hand on where the process stands as of the moment," Valte said.

"They may have names already. My understanding is that the MILF will also be giving the names to be part of the Transition Commission."

The government peace panel and MILF negotiators are set to meet again in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia this November to finish the annexes of the recently signed framework agreement.

The Palace said the framework agreement was reached in consultation with all the stakeholders in the restive south, including the MNLF.

Misuari, however, said the Bangsamoro framework agreement violates the previous agreements that the government had made with the MNLF.

MILF was formed in the 1970s by disgruntled members and leaders within the MNLF.

The breakaway group, led by the late Hashim Salamat, disapproved of MNLF's agreement with the Philippine government brokered by the Libyan government.