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3December

“The President wants the peace talks to move fast,” MILF Vice Chairman Jaafar

Moro Islamic Liberation Front Vice Chair on Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar told Philstar in Davao City that President Rodrigo Duterte wants peace negotiations with the Moro Front to take off immediately. 

“The President wants the peace talks to move fast,” MILF vice chair for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar said.

Duterte met with MILF rebel leaders led by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on Friday, December 2 at the Matina Enclaves Residences where he usually holds office on weekends, said a report by Philstar. 

Duterte and the MILF leaders also tackled the overall situation in Mindanao during the meeting, including the problems in dealing with the extremist Maute group, the Philstar report also said.

Jaafar said Duterte wants the peace talks to take off by early next year, since it is already December and there will be no time to hold peace negotiations due to the holiday season. 

Jaafar added the President also wanted the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to buckle down to work.

 “With that, with the BTC, then it could start its job to craft a new Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL),” Jaafar added. 

The MILF will have 11 members while the government will have 10 members. The MILF will head the reconstituted BTC similar to the commission under the previous administration.

The expansion of the BTC will include the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)- Muslimen Sema faction.