Government urged to find real solutions for peace

Subscribe Now January 23, 2012 at 09:56am

DAVAO CITY Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte called on the National Government Sunday to come up a formula that will promote peace in Mindanao to address the concerns of the people. This developed after the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair emeritus Nur Misuari expressed his disappointment on the current state of the negotiation between the Government of the Philippines and MNLF.

Misuari personally came to the city and met Duterte at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City last Monday to discuss and seek advice on the matter.

In his television program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa, Duterte said the MNLF chair is apprehensive that the Tripoli Agreement is no longer in the map of the peace negotiation as if it was ignored on the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Duterte said among the options of Misuari during their discussion is to stage war against the present administration, to discuss the matter with the National Government, or bring his concern legally to United Nation.

"I told him to choose the better option, and that would be the peaceful means. On the extreme, he might want to go to United Nations… but I said why not talk first with the government on his concerns (the Tripoli Agreement), total may linya pa naman siya doon?" Duterte said.

Duterte said the MNLF is one of the leading revolutionary groups aside from the National Democratic Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that perhaps the government find difficult in promoting peace, if it insists on talking to one group and leaves out another.

He added that right after the Southern Philippine’s Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD), the mechanism to address the implementation of the Tripoli Agreement has been moved out.

"Mura ba'g kita nga nagtanaw... as we all know there are several talks there, but I really don’t know what happened. This should be answer by the local government people. So I told Misuari better to talk first," Duterte said, adding the better practice is to talk their concerns across the table with the National Government.

Duterte said the government should act on the matter and come up a formula for long lasting peace, where everybody is included on the talks.


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