• ‘War inevitable if peace process fails’


    War can erupt again if the government fails to execute the recently-signed peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), former defense secretary and now Muntinlupa City Rep. Rodolfo Biazon said on Thursday.

    “If everything fails, there is only one alternative, wage war.

    That is the reason why all of us must work together, there is no other alternative but war,” Biazon said at the weekly news forum Usaping Balita at Serye Café, Quezon City.

    Biazon, the chairman of the House Committee on National Defense, admitted that the peace deal’s constitutionality may be challenged before the Supreme Court, just like what happened in the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) that was declared unconstitutional in 2008.

    “There are annexes to the treaty that might touch on constitutional provisions but we can avoid amending the Constitution. There are ways to avoid it,” he said, adding that the country can no longer afford failed peace efforts with the Muslims in the south.

    Biazon said it is important for the High Court to approve the peace deal. “Laws of the land should still prevail,” he added.

    The lawmaker suggested the creation of a joint peace and security team that will unite the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the MILF.

    “They should be able to finish the problem of the BIFF [Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters] and the Abu Sayyaf,” Biazon added.

    Several House panels are set to create an ad hoc committee to fast track the studying of the proposed Bangsamoro charter that will be passed to Congress, which will either repeal or amend the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) law.

    These House panels may include the committees on national defense; public order and security, constitutional reforms; revision of laws; natural resources; Muslim affairs, Mindanao affairs, justice and local governments, among others.


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