Govt gets 1-day extension in talks with MILF

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The Philippine government needs one more day to work out the contentious wealth-sharing arrangement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) .

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The negotiations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were scheduled to end Friday.

But in a text message, Presidential deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said “the government panel requested for another day and [the]MILF agreed.”
The government panel’s chairman, Miriam Ferrer, said that the two panels agreed to
a one-day extension to find “compromises” on the wealth sharing arrangement.
“We still need to find good compromises on key issues like taxation and revenue share,” Ferrer said.
Arriving at a compromise needs “flexibility” from both sides, Ferrer pointed out.
“We seem to be caught up in the trees and missing the forest,” she said. “Hopefully today we will find solutions.”
Ferrer stressed that “the government remains invested in the peace process.”

CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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