Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Charter change necessary for success of peace talks--CPP

Charter change necessary for success of peace talks-CPP*

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
August 17, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines expressed agreement with the newly appointed head of the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, that for peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the MILF to succeed, agreements should not be confined to the present reactionary constitution but may have to be incorporated in a new constitution. GRP panel chief Atty. Marvic Leonen issued the statement yesterday in a press conference with foreign journalists.

The CPP said that GRP-MILF peace negotiations cannot start again from scratch and the only way for it to actually resume is to start with the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) which is where it left off. The MoA-AD requires a drastic revision of the present reactionary constitution to do away with token autonomy and allow real autonomy for the Bangsamoro, added the CPP.

The CPP berated the present Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao as "an insult to the Bangsamoro," pointing out that it has now turned out to be, "a collection of scattered Moro areas that has become a political base for rigged elections and uncontrolled source for large-scale thievery by feudal warlords like the Ampatuans."

"The Bangsamoro people need to reacquire their ancestral lands," the CPP said further, "and real autonomy requires a contiguous area, liberation from the abusive dictates and machinations of the puppet reactionary government, and freedom to implement their own national and revolutionary program, even as they remain part of the Philippines."

"Similarly," said the CPP, "if peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the GRP are also to proceed, the remaining substantive agenda, including fundamental socio-economic reforms, political and constitional reforms, have to be seriously taken up and agreed upon before the redisposition of forces and end of hostilities. As stated in the agenda itself, such agreements would also require doing away with the present reactionary constitution to make way for fundamental reforms."

"But, now, however, the prior problem is still whether the NDFP-GRP peace talks would take place at all and prosper, given the many preconditions and hurdles that the Aquino regime and its top defense, military and peace process officials are laying in the way, such as their demand for immediate ceasefire prior to the talks, substituting the so-called 'localized peace talks' for real peace talks at the national level, and lack of commitment to implement past agreements," the CPP added.