SC unfazed by MILF threat to withdraw from peace talks


By Tetch Torres
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:06:00 08/07/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court is unfazed by the threat of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to withdraw from peace negotiations from government if the high court does not lift its temporary restraining order (TRO) against the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on ancestral domain by Friday.

High court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said the Supreme Court will not reverse itself because of pressure exerted by the rebels.

“We are a government of laws and not of men…The court has to look at the argument of the petitioners and the government before the court issues its ruling on the case,” Marquez said.

He explained there is a need to maintain the “status quo because, if the signing [of the MoA] pushes through, [the] rights [of the parties involved in the dispute] might be violated. To prevent [the] violation of certain rights of the people, the court decided to issue a TRO. Again this is not a decision on the merits [of the case], this is just a TRO to maintain status quo,” he said.

Marquez added that the high court will thoroughly study the arguments raised by both parties before coming up with a decision.

He urged the MILF to respect the position of the Supreme Court, which issued the TRO on Monday, a day before the scheduled signing of the MoA, which would pave the way for the creation of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity, envisioned to expand on the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The high court has scheduled an oral argument on Aug. 15.

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My Take:

The SC is right.

Sadly the independence of the Court was used by the government to have an easy exit to the MOA-Drama they’ve created.  And they’re creating another door to exit.  Mindanao war.  And Piñol is one of its actors.  Piñol et al is now making noises down south to create an athmosphere of fear and make a big fuss out of some isolated cases, giving the government its needed alibi to issue the 24-hr deadline to the baffled MILF.

The MILF should see this.  Or start accepting the fact that this government is not sincere on attaining peace in Mindanao. Unfortunately, the feudal-lords in the MILF is too blinded by their “paper victory”.  And too dumb enough to believe what the GRP want them to see.

This is originally a SONA-drama designed to gain more applause to PGMA’s boring speech.  But the opportunists in the military and Malacañan, plus the die-hard US ass-lickers pushed the drama further, hoping to win more: defeat the MILF thru paper or by force, both thru deception.

And to whose expense?  To our innocent kababayans currently residing inside the so-called “Bangsmoro Juridical Entity”.

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