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Bayan Muna warns of US influence on GPH-MILF peace pact

A trade union activist for the labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno protesting U.S. presence in the Philippines back in June of this year (photo by European Press Agency).

In an article for MindaNews Lorie Ann Cascaro writes an article on Bayan Muna’s views about the troubling allegations of U.S. involvement in the internal peace process between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF):

Bayan Muna warned the United States might try to influence the final peace agreement that will be entered into by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“An external power or influence should be a No-No, except for the Malaysian government as facilitator of the peace talks, and the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation),” Ariel Casilao, Bayan Muna national executive vice president, said Monday on the sides of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City.

“The US is aggressively interested in meddling in geopolitical, economic and military affairs in Mindanao,” he stressed, citing that the US Agency for International Development has funded several projects in the island.

He said the prospects after the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) are worrisome even if “we are happy that it (FAB) was duly accepted by the Filipinos, especially the concerned Bangsamoro people, as it is a step forward in resolving the conflict.”

He pointed out that the final comprehensive agreement can be derailed either through the plebiscite or by whatever decision the Congress may make.

Bayan Muna Rep. and senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño said at the Kapehan that they were adopting a “cautious optimism” as FAB will undergo a stringent process.

“We are optimistic because signing the framework agreement is one step in a journey of a thousand steps. But we do not know yet who will be appointed to the Transition Commission that will draft the basic law,” he said.

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