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BENIGNO S. AQUINO III PLATFORM OF GOVERNMENT

A NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN NEED OF TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE
•Its legitimacy is under question;
•It persecutes those who expose the truth about its illegitimacy and corruption;
•It stays in power by corrupting individuals and institutions;
•It confuses the people with half-truths and outright lies;
•It rewards, rather than punishes, wrongdoing;
•It offers no lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
•It weakens the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
•It hinders our local governments from delivering basic services;
•It has no vision of governance beyond political survival and self-enrichment.
A PEOPLE CRYING OUT FOR CHANGE

•Corruption robs our children of their protection, nutrition and education.
•Corruption destroys our families and communities.
•Corruption steals from our farmers and workers.
•Corruption deters businessmen from investing in our economy.
•This has eroded our spirit as individuals, as communities, as a people.
•We have lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship.
•Our proven capacity for collective outrage and righteous resistance has been weakened. We have ceased to depend on the patriotism and civic engagement that used to animate many of our efforts.
•We have become divided and alienated, focusing only on ourselves and on our individual pursuits.
•Our moral faculties as a people have been paralyzed.
•We have retreated into a dark world of self-absorption and cynicism.
•Our collective despair has reached its lowest point.
THEN FINALLY, THE GIFT OF LIGHT

Cory Aquino passed on to the next life. From our sadness, we awakened to a shaft of light cutting through the darkness. She left the Filipinos a legacy of selfless love for country and people. Filipinos’ connection with each other was rekindled. In death, she enabled us to hope again for decent government. The millions who connected with Cory at her funeral represented something more than euphoria, sentiment or transient emotions. They represented the reverent memory of a good leader in the past and the firm hope of having a similarly good leader in the future. CONTINUE READING....RELATED DAANG MATUWID, 2015 ACHIEVEMENT IINFOGRAPHS....

ALSO: Palace insists Aquino gave 'guidance' in Mamasapano op


JANUARY 29 -In this Jan. 30, 2015 photo, President Benigno S. Aquino III offers a moment of prayer before the remains of the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City. Malacañang Photo Bureau
  Malacañang insisted that President Benigno Aquino III only gave guidance in Oplan Exodus, which eventually led to the killing of lawmen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, contrary to claims of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile that the president was directly involved in the operation.
Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a press conference on Thursday that Aquino guided former Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas during the operation where police commandos where shot dead by rebels last year. "Ang malinaw lang naman dito ay ang sumusunod: Una, inutusan siyang (Napeñas) mag-coordinate. Hindi pakikialam iyon. Iyon ay guidance na napakahalaga na nanggaling mismo sa Pangulo ng Pilipinas," Coloma said. Coloma added that Napeñas himself does not consider Aquino's order as an intervention. "If you will recall, nag-testify si PNP Chief Director General Marquez that as then Director for Operations walang buong operation plan na nasa kamay ng national headquarters ng PNP. At sinabi din niya ang kanyang puna doon sa Oplan Exodus, walang malinaw na—well, walang mga patakaran o guidelines hinggil sa pag-abort na dapat naging bahagi ng contingency plan," the Cabinet official said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Election spending to bolster 2016 economic growth faster than 2015 expansion


JANUARY 29 -The economy is expected to grow faster this year than the 5.8-percent expansion posted in 2015 mainly on the back of election spending boost. READ: PH economy grew 5.8% in 2015 Meanwhile, the Department of Finance’s chief economist on Friday urged additional investments in public infrastructure to support robust growth.“To sustain economic growth, more investment in infrastructure such as in power and transportation should be mobilized,” Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran said in an economic bulletin.
Furthermore, financial institutions were more bullish this year as the country holds the upcoming presidential elections in May. “For 2016, we reiterate our GDP [gross domestic product] growth forecast of 6.5 percent, which reflects our view that the elections in May will likely further boost already healthy domestic demand, rather than act as a headwind. We expect more fiscal support to growth from further progress on the implementation of infrastructure projects, which should also crowd in private investment and FDI [foreign direct investment],” Japanese financial giant Nomura said in a note last Thursday. For Metrobank Research, growth in 2016 is expected at 6.3 percent, research analyst Pauline May Ann E. Revillas said in a note also last Thursday. “Government spending growth is seen to be sustained until at least the first half as the government front-loads its budget expenditures. Consumption spending will remain robust amid the still soft commodity prices, low interest rates, and solid remittance inflows. Election spending is expected to support key services such as transportation, communication, and storage, business activities, and retail trade. A slight pickup in manufacturing is also seen as exports of electronics slightly improve,” Revillas explained. However, the agriculture sector is seen remaining “weak” amid the onslaught of the dry spell due to El Niño during the first semester, she said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino orders OPAPP to push peace process beyond his term


JANUARY 31 -The Palace said President Benigno Aquino III directed the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to firm up its consultation with the stakeholders for the continuity of the peace process under the next administration. Malacañang Photo Bureau, file
President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to keep making plans on promoting the peace process during the transition period and beyond his term, Malacañang said Sunday. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino’s directive to push the peace process in the remaining months of his tenure until the next administration has been given to the OPAPP through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. Coloma said Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita "Ging" Deles said the government needs to continue talking to stakeholders including Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the government peace panel in 2014. "We will still need to do consultations including and especially with the MILF, but measures will include strengthening existing peace bodies and mechanisms to include the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, ceasefire and other joint security mechanisms, joint bodies for socioeconomic interventions," Coloma said, citing Deles. READ MORE...

ALSO: MILF blames Aquino admin, OPAPP for shelved BBL
[The MILF recalled that “in 2008 at the time the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) was under intense discourse. . .he said that the Moros do not even know how to bake pan de sal, and therefore not fit to run a government.” “If the NGCP is really serious in seeking the intervention of the MILF, then perhaps the better part of judgment is to send a formal request for a meeting, or better still, to send someone to discuss the issue with the MILF,” it said. “In such a way, any agreement can be part of the overall scheme to promote peace in the region, and can be linked to relevant organs of the GPH-MILF peace process especially the ceasefire committees of the government and MILF. The MILF is not expert in making casual arrangements,” it added.]


JANUARY 31 -The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has blamed the Aquino administration, primarily the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for the failure of Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Both Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon had surrendered that the BBL is dead citing the narrow window left until the end of the current session of Congress. MILF vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar, in a television interview, blamed the lack of political will in the Aquino administration for the shelved BBL. “I was told that one of the weaknesses or shortcoming they saw was in the leadership of OPAPP who presumed that Congress will follow the (peace) agreement signed,” Jaafar said. Jaafar claimed a source told him that the OPAPP did not exert enough effort to come to an agreement with lawmakers. “Although the MILF regret the lost opportunity, we are not sad and we do not mourn the inability of Congress to pass the proposed law for the Bangsamoro government,” he said. He said the MILF leadership is intact and the rebel group continues to be strong. “At this point in the struggle, our aim is to maintain and preserve our gains in the negotiations,” Jaafar said. The MILF, meanwhile, said it may not take up the proposal of Sen. Chiz Escudero for the rebel group to guard the electricity grid in Mindanao which was the target lately of bombing attacks. In its website, the MILF said “securing the transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for people to continue access to power can well be a recommended act but for the MILF to simply announce that we commit to help secure these lines is more problematic than what meets the eye.” Both the short and long term implications and complications have far-reaching effects, it said. READ MORE...


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A Social Contract with the Filipino People

MANILA, FEBRUARY 1 2016 (PRESIDENTIAL GAZETTE ONLINE) 

BENIGNO S. AQUINO III PLATFORM OF GOVERNMENT
A NATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN NEED OF TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

•Its legitimacy is under question;
•It persecutes those who expose the truth about its illegitimacy and corruption;
•It stays in power by corrupting individuals and institutions;
•It confuses the people with half-truths and outright lies;
•It rewards, rather than punishes, wrongdoing;
•It offers no lasting solutions for the many problems of the country;
•It weakens the democratic institutions that hold our leaders accountable.
•It hinders our local governments from delivering basic services;
•It has no vision of governance beyond political survival and self-enrichment.

A PEOPLE CRYING OUT FOR CHANGE

•Corruption robs our children of their protection, nutrition and education.
•Corruption destroys our families and communities.
•Corruption steals from our farmers and workers.
•Corruption deters businessmen from investing in our economy.
•This has eroded our spirit as individuals, as communities, as a people.
•We have lost trust in the democratic institutions we so courageously re-established after the dictatorship.
•Our proven capacity for collective outrage and righteous resistance has been weakened. We have ceased to depend on the patriotism and civic engagement that used to animate many of our efforts.
•We have become divided and alienated, focusing only on ourselves and on our individual pursuits.
•Our moral faculties as a people have been paralyzed.
•We have retreated into a dark world of self-absorption and cynicism.
•Our collective despair has reached its lowest point.

THEN FINALLY, THE GIFT OF LIGHT

Cory Aquino passed on to the next life. From our sadness, we awakened to a shaft of light cutting through the darkness. She left the Filipinos a legacy of selfless love for country and people. Filipinos’ connection with each other was rekindled. In death, she enabled us to hope again for decent government. The millions who connected with Cory at her funeral represented something more than euphoria, sentiment or transient emotions. They represented the reverent memory of a good leader in the past and the firm hope of having a similarly good leader in the future.

CONTINUE READING...

A PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN OF RENEWED HOPE…

•Anchored on Ninoy’s and Cory’s legacy of change through the ways of democracy
•Embraces the qualities of integrity, humility and trust-worthiness in public leadership
•Recognizes the absence of these qualities in government as a major cause of widespread poverty, misery and despair.

THE VISION FOR THE PHILIPPINES:
A COUNTRY WITH…

1. A re-awakened sense of right and wrong, through the living examples of our highest leaders;

2. An organized and widely-shared rapid expansion of our economy through a government dedicated to honing and mobilizing our people’s skills and energies as well as the responsible harnessing of our natural resources;

3. A collective belief that doing the right thing does not only make sense morally, but translates into economic value as well;

4. Public institutions rebuilt on the strong solidarity of our society and its communities.

OUR MISSION:

We will start to make these changes first in ourselves—by doing the right things, by giving value to excellence and integrity and rejecting mediocrity and dishonesty, and by giving priority to others over ourselves.

We will make these changes across many aspects of our national life.

A COMMITMENT TO TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP:
[FROM GLORIA ARROYO TO BENIGNO AQUINO III]

1. From a President who tolerates corruption to a President who is the nation’s first and most determined fighter of corruption.

2. From a government that merely conjures economic growth statistics that our people know to be unreal to a government that prioritizes jobs that empower the people and provide them with opportunities to rise above poverty.

3. From relegating education to just one of many concerns to making education the central strategy for investing in our people, reducing poverty and building national competitiveness.

4. From treating health as just another area for political patronage to recognizing the advancement and protection of public health, which includes responsible parenthood, as key measures of good governance.

5. From justice that money and connections can buy to a truly impartial system of institutions that deliver equal justice to rich or poor.

ECONOMY

6. From government policies influenced by well-connected private interests to a leadership that executes all the laws of the land with impartiality and decisiveness.

7. From treating the rural economy as just a source of problems to recognizing farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity.

8. From government anti-poverty programs that instill a dole-out mentality ® to well-considered programs that build capacity and create opportunity among the poor and the marginalized in the country.

9. From a government that dampens private initiative and enterprise to a government that creates conditions conducive to the growth and competitiveness of private businesses, big, medium and small.

10. From a government that treats its people as an export commodity and a means to earn foreign exchange, disregarding the social cost to Filipino families to a government that creates jobs at home, so that working abroad will be a choice rather than a necessity; and when its citizens do choose to become OFWs, their welfare and protection will still be the government’s priority.

GOVERNMENT SERVICE 1

1. From Presidential appointees chosen mainly out of political accommodation to discerning selection based on integrity, competence and performance in serving the public good.

12. From demoralized but dedicated civil servants, military and police personnel destined for failure and frustration due to inadequate operational support to professional, motivated and energized bureaucracies with adequate means to perform their public service missions.

GENDER EQUALITY

13. From a lack of concern for gender disparities and shortfalls, to the promotion of equal gender opportunity in all spheres of public policies and programs.

PEACE & ORDER

14. From a disjointed, short-sighted Mindanao policy that merely reacts to events and incidents to one that seeks a broadly supported just peace and will redress decades of neglect of the Moro and other peoples of Mindanao.

ENVIRONMENT

15. From allowing environmental blight to spoil our cities, where both the rich and the poor bear with congestion and urban decay to planning alternative, inclusive urban developments where people of varying income levels are integrated in productive, healthy and safe communities.

16. From a government obsessed with exploiting the country for immediate gains to the detriment of its environment to a government that will encourage sustainable use of resources to benefit the present and future generations.

This platform is a commitment to change that Filipinos can depend on.

With trust in their leaders, everyone can work and build a greater future together.

Basahin sa Filipino

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FROM PRESIDENT AQUINO's OFFICIAL GAZETTE ONLINE

DAHIL DAANG MATUWID TAYO nagawang mangarap muli ng Pilipino.

•At sa nakalipas na lima’t kalahating taon, nasimulan na nating tuparin ang mga pangarap na ito; isa-isa nating ginagawang posible ang mga dating itinuturing na imposible.

Nagawa natin ito sa pagtutulungan at pag-aambagan; sa pagtataya sa mabuting pamamahala at integridad mula sa gobyerno.

•Sa pagtatapos ng 2015, itala natin ang ating mga narating sa lima’t kalahating taon ng pagtahak sa landas na ito:

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TWEETS FROM PRESIDENT NOY AQUINO's OFFICIAL GAZETTE ONLINE...
JANUARY 2016 TWEETS



A LITTLE TOO LATE FOR A 'TO-DO' (WISH) LIST!?


PHILSTAR

Palace insists Aquino gave 'guidance' in Mamasapano op By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated January 29, 2016 - 10:31am 2 33 googleplus0 0


In this Jan. 30, 2015 photo, President Benigno S. Aquino III offers a moment of prayer before the remains of the fallen Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Troopers during the Necrological Service at the NCRPO Multi-Purpose Center of Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang insisted that President Benigno Aquino III only gave guidance in Oplan Exodus, which eventually led to the killing of lawmen in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, contrary to claims of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile that the president was directly involved in the operation.

Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a press conference on Thursday that Aquino guided former Special Action Force (SAF) chief Getulio Napeñas during the operation where police commandos where shot dead by rebels last year.

"Ang malinaw lang naman dito ay ang sumusunod: Una, inutusan siyang (Napeñas) mag-coordinate. Hindi pakikialam iyon. Iyon ay guidance na napakahalaga na nanggaling mismo sa Pangulo ng Pilipinas," Coloma said.

Coloma added that Napeñas himself does not consider Aquino's order as an intervention.

"If you will recall, nag-testify si PNP Chief Director General Marquez that as then Director for Operations walang buong operation plan na nasa kamay ng national headquarters ng PNP. At sinabi din niya ang kanyang puna doon sa Oplan Exodus, walang malinaw na—well, walang mga patakaran o guidelines hinggil sa pag-abort na dapat naging bahagi ng contingency plan," the Cabinet official said.

READ MORE...

The Cabinet official insisted that the president did not order a stand down despite the claims of Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Coloma noted that the Senate hearing on the Mamasapano incident last Wednesday effectively disproved the allegations of Enrile and Marcos against the president.

"Naisiwalat ang kawalan ng kaalaman ni Director Napeñas sa tunay na sitwasyon ng kanyang mga tropa sa Mamasapano," Coloma said.

Enrile requested to reopen the Senate probe on the Mamasapano incident to ask questions on the government's actions during the encounter between SAF troopers and Moro rebels last year. He was detained for plunder charges when the Senate conducted the inquiry early last year.

During his opening speech in the Senate hearing, Enrile claimed that Aquino was shielding himself from responsibility for the death of the 44 fallen SAF commandos.

RELATED: SAF 44 case to be resolved in 4 weeks


INQUIRER

Election spending to bolster 2016 economic growth faster than 2015 expansion
By: Ben O. de Vera @BenArnolddeVera Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:55 PM January 29th, 2016

The economy is expected to grow faster this year than the 5.8-percent expansion posted in 2015 mainly on the back of election spending boost.

READ: PH economy grew 5.8% in 2015

Meanwhile, the Department of Finance’s chief economist on Friday urged additional investments in public infrastructure to support robust growth.

“To sustain economic growth, more investment in infrastructure such as in power and transportation should be mobilized,” Finance Undersecretary Gil S. Beltran said in an economic bulletin.

Furthermore, financial institutions were more bullish this year as the country holds the upcoming presidential elections in May.

“For 2016, we reiterate our GDP [gross domestic product] growth forecast of 6.5 percent, which reflects our view that the elections in May will likely further boost already healthy domestic demand, rather than act as a headwind. We expect more fiscal support to growth from further progress on the implementation of infrastructure projects, which should also crowd in private investment and FDI [foreign direct investment],” Japanese financial giant Nomura said in a note last Thursday.

For Metrobank Research, growth in 2016 is expected at 6.3 percent, research analyst Pauline May Ann E. Revillas said in a note also last Thursday.

“Government spending growth is seen to be sustained until at least the first half as the government front-loads its budget expenditures. Consumption spending will remain robust amid the still soft commodity prices, low interest rates, and solid remittance inflows. Election spending is expected to support key services such as transportation, communication, and storage, business activities, and retail trade. A slight pickup in manufacturing is also seen as exports of electronics slightly improve,” Revillas explained.

However, the agriculture sector is seen remaining “weak” amid the onslaught of the dry spell due to El Niño during the first semester, she said.

READ MORE...

For ING Bank Manila senior economist Joey Cuyegkeng, the economy would grow 6.2 percent this year on the back of “support coming from government infrastructure spending as well as election spending,” noting that the government has already front-loaded spending ahead of the Mar. 25 start of the election ban on roll-out of projects.

Citi Research said it raised its 2016 GDP growth forecast to 5.4 percent from 5.1 percent previously, although robust election spending cannot sustain strong economic expansion by the second half. “Amid the global economic slowdown and market volatility, the post-election investment momentum should slow down,” Citi Research economist Jun Trinidad said in a note last Thursday.

“Learning curve effect as the new government takes over weighs on fiscal spending while the business community awaits the new policy agenda. From first-quarter growth of 7.4 percent year-on-year, we expect domestic demand to ease to sub-5 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter but with consumption in the driver seat,” Trinidad explained.

Furthermore, he added that “lacking meaningful 2016 export gains restrain prospects” for faster economic growth this year. RAM

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PHILSTAR

Aquino orders OPAPP to push peace process beyond his term By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated January 31, 2016 - 4:31pm 3 14 googleplus0 0


The Palace said President Benigno Aquino III directed the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to firm up its consultation with the stakeholders for the continuity of the peace process under the next administration. Malacañang Photo Bureau, file

MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III ordered the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to keep making plans on promoting the peace process during the transition period and beyond his term, Malacañang said Sunday.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino’s directive to push the peace process in the remaining months of his tenure until the next administration has been given to the OPAPP through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.

Coloma said Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita "Ging" Deles said the government needs to continue talking to stakeholders including Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the government peace panel in 2014.

"We will still need to do consultations including and especially with the MILF, but measures will include strengthening existing peace bodies and mechanisms to include the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, ceasefire and other joint security mechanisms, joint bodies for socioeconomic interventions," Coloma said, citing Deles.

Deles had said the government wants to "operationalize the recommendations of the transitional justice and reconciliation commission regarding the healing of the wounds of war, and moving toward sharpened interfaith and multicultural dialogue and cooperation and undertake necessary groundwork to ensure the success of the legal political track in the next administration.

"We need to do all that is possible to ensure the full implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro beyond this administration," Deles said.

The CAB led to the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law currently pending in Congress. Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. submitted a substitute bill for the BBL he called Basic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

Senate President Franklin Drilon expressed difficulty in passing the BBL, saying there is not enough time for its passage.

RELATED: Drilon to Noy: No more time to approve BBL


TRIBUNE

MILF blames OPAPP for shelved BBL Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:00



The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has blamed the Aquino administration, primarily the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for the failure of Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Both Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Senate President Franklin Drilon had surrendered that the BBL is dead citing the narrow window left until the end of the current session of Congress.

MILF vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar, in a television interview, blamed the lack of political will in the Aquino administration for the shelved BBL.

“I was told that one of the weaknesses or shortcoming they saw was in the leadership of OPAPP who presumed that Congress will follow the (peace) agreement signed,” Jaafar said.

Jaafar claimed a source told him that the OPAPP did not exert enough effort to come to an agreement with lawmakers.

“Although the MILF regret the lost opportunity, we are not sad and we do not mourn the inability of Congress to pass the proposed law for the Bangsamoro government,” he said. He said the MILF leadership is intact and the rebel group continues to be strong.
“At this point in the struggle, our aim is to maintain and preserve our gains in the negotiations,” Jaafar said.



The MILF, meanwhile, said it may not take up the proposal of Sen. Chiz Escudero for the rebel group to guard the electricity grid in Mindanao which was the target lately of bombing attacks.

In its website, the MILF said “securing the transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) for people to continue access to power can well be a recommended act but for the MILF to simply announce that we commit to help secure these lines is more problematic than what meets the eye.”

Both the short and long term implications and complications have far-reaching effects, it said.

READ MORE...

The MILF said if the bombing stops, “then some people might suspect that the MILF is behind the act, because it had stopped it if the bombing continues, then the MILF would be pictured as inutile or has not done enough to prevent it from happening.

“Damn if you do, damn if you don’t is still the rule here,” it said.

Pan de sal issue revived

The MILF also denied involvement in the bombings saying it has nothing to gain from the destruction of the power network.
“We are upholding the integrity of the ceasefire and the peace process,” it added.


Attacks on NGCP transmission towers have become increasingly regular, interrupting supply to several provinces in Mindanao. NEWS REPORT:
A WEEK after three transmission facilities were toppled in Central Mindanao, another transmission tower was bombed by unidentified men bringing to 10 the number of facilities of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) damaged due to sabotage this year. The latest attack occurred in Marawi City last Friday, November 6, 2015 In a statement, the NGCP said the unabated attacks against its 138-kilovolt lines have caused the interruption of power supply to several provinces in the island. Picture: Courtesy of NGCP. THE BRUNEI IMES NOV 15, 2015

“More importantly, the MILF is not yet a full-fledged partner or part of the state; peace partners, yes. The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still pending in Congress and its non-passage is more expected than its passage,” it added.

“The success of this undertaking is still contingent to other considerations, say a good and effective Bangsamoro police, because by that time, the MILF weapons and combatants are decommissioned already,” it added.

The MILF, nonetheless, commended Escudero for issuing the proposal saying that “an admission of the capability of the Moros to do more difficult tasks than just being able to bake pan de sal.”

The MILF recalled that “in 2008 at the time the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) was under intense discourse. . .he said that the Moros do not even know how to bake pan de sal, and therefore not fit to run a government.”

“If the NGCP is really serious in seeking the intervention of the MILF, then perhaps the better part of judgment is to send a formal request for a meeting, or better still, to send someone to discuss the issue with the MILF,” it said.

“In such a way, any agreement can be part of the overall scheme to promote peace in the region, and can be linked to relevant organs of the GPH-MILF peace process especially the ceasefire committees of the government and MILF. The MILF is not expert in making casual arrangements,” it added.


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