President Aquino to issue EO creating Transition Commission upon completion of the comprehensive Framework Agreement

October 16, 2012 10:52 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 16 — President Benigno S. Aquino III will issue an Executive Order creating the Transition Commission after the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) negotiators finish the annexes of the recently signed Framework Agreement on peace.

The government and the MILF signed on Monday the Framework Agreement aimed at putting an end to 40 years of Muslim rebellion in the south.

The event was witnessed by the President, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ibrahim and other partners.

In a regular press briefing on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Palace hasn’t worked on the EO and will wait until the negotiators have completed the annexes.

During a press conference in Malacanang immediately after the signing of the Framework Agreement, government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen said they initially target to finish the annexes before the year ends or much earlier.

Lacierda also appealed to the skeptics to back the Framework Agreement, particularly after the tremendous support given by the Muslim communities in the country.

“You have seen a broad-based support from the Bangsamoro community and while we are celebrating here in Manila for the signing, there was also a celebratory mood in Camp Darapanan and in various parts of Mindanao,” Lacierda said.

“It shows a broad-based support for the Framework Agreement and we have always said this: Let us give peace a chance.”

The Palace official also clarified the financial support of the Aquino administration for Mindanao, particularly the transition for a new autonomous entity.

The government has allocated P21 billion for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for 2012, Lacierda said. The President likewise mentioned an P8.5 billion fund called the Transition Investment Support Plan for Mindanao during Monday’s event.

Lacierda said the money will be used to fund broad-based projects such as electrification, construction of seaports, fishing ports, day care centers and other programs. (PNA)

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