Govt, MILF resume talks in Kuala Lumpur

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The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are expected to try to complete the power sharing and normalization annexes for the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) when peace talks resume in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday.
In her opening statement, Government panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
said the two panels recognized that the path they “have painstakingly taken to get us to the second, third and then the final Annex is strewn with various types of landmines.”
She cited the meeting last July, where the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were on a rampage, attacking soldiers and setting off grenades and IEDs in several parts of Central Mindanao, the Cagayan de Oro bombing that killed six and injured more than 40 civilians and a car bomb set off on a busy road in Cotabato
that killed eight and injured scores of people.
“But through their grievous deeds, these entrepreneurs of violence and mayhem have only succeeded in isolating themselves from the rest of the people,” she said, adding that “various forms of indiscriminate attacks have no place in the moral order that we are instituting in our country and our communities. ”
The framework agreement, signed on Oct. 15, 2012, and several annexes being finalized will serve as the road map to an MILF-led political entity.
The parties signed the annexes on modalities and transitional arrangements last January and annex on wealth sharing and revenue generation last month.

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CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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