By Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines — The government cannot use the draft framework agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to force the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to go back to the negotiating table in the absence of clear guarantees, chief National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni said Sunday.
“The propaganda of the GPH (Government of the Philippines) on the signing of this Framework next week is to pressure the NDFP to agree on a ceasefire and resume formal GPH-NDFP peace negotiations,” Jalandoni said in a statement released by the CPP Bureau.
First, the government must comply with basic binding GRP/GPH bilateral agreements such as the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), Jalandoni said.
“The JASIG requires the GPH to release 13 NDFP Consultants in GPH prisons. The CARHRIHL requires the release of political prisoners who have been charged, detained or convicted for common crimes in violation of the Hernandez political offense doctrine. There are some 385 political prisoners, 107 of them arrested and detained under the current Aquino regime,” Jalandoni said.
With the GPH-MILF framework agreement, it is uncertain how the next few months of expectedly tough and challenging negotiations on the details of the framework agreement will unfold, said Jalandoni.
“There are still major points to be negotiated, namely Power Sharing, Wealth Sharing, Transitional Arrangements and Modalities, and Normalization. These have to be negotiated in detail and put down in four annexes which will form part of the framework agreement. The current draft contains certain dangers,” he said.
GPH panel head Marvic Leonen had stressed that the contents of the framework agreement must be in accord with the GPH Constitution and legal processes, he noted, so that “there is a lot of dependence on the GPH executive and legislative branches.”
Jalandoni also doubted the sincerity of the Aquino administration noting the timing of the framework agreement.
“It (government) is making it a big propaganda to cover up the basic problems of the Filipino people, such as the series of oil price hikes, soaring prices of basic commodities, demolitions of urban poor communities, lack of genuine land reform and national industrialization, and violation of national sovereignty in allowing US military intervention in the country.”
Jalandoni said Aquino could also be eyeing to “use the targeted signing by the end of this year of the definitive Framework Agreement with the four annexes to benefit his candidates in the next elections,” he said.
Foreign dignitaries will witness Monday the government and MILF sign the framework agreement in Malacanang to end the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao.
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