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Philippine gov't offers MILF "more genuine autonomy"

08-22-2011 16:18 BJT

MANILA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government offered the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) a "more genuine autonomy" as the Aquino administration's peace panel presented its comprehensive proposal in the resumption of the formal exploratory talks in Malaysia Monday morning, the Office of the Philippine Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said Monday.

"The proposal recognizes the identity of the Bangsamoro and its history... This proposal presents the possibility of a more empowered, more workable, and thus, more genuine autonomy of a Bangsamoro region," OPAPP said in a press release.

The agency said that the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) may have been a failed experiment in the past, but the current proposal is based on a more balanced understanding of whether its past failure was due to its structure and the systems that it spawned or the quality of the past national or regional leadership.

ARMM was offered to the then secessionist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Nur Misuari, who became the region' s first governor.

OPAPP said the government's proposal continues a discussion on how revenue and the use of resources in southern Philippines could ensure autonomy enhance.

"However, it also introduces the idea that ecological and cultural diaspora as a result of unbridled exploitation of resources have effects far beyond political boundaries," it said.

"The proposal therefore includes a system of cooperation between the national and regional government to ensure sustainable futures," it added.

The proposal also includes weapons disposal, disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation of combatants and process to achieve restorative justice.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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