The Competence of Deles and Ferrer Questioned as Representatives of the Government in the Peace Negotiation with MILF

The Competence of Deles and Ferrer
Questioned as Representatives of the
Government In the Peace Negotiation with MILF
By Apolinario Villalobos

The Senate hearing has enshrouded with question, the competence of Deles and Ferrer as representatives of the government in the peace negotiation with MILF. Senator Cayetano pointed out their failure to take note of the relationship of the MILF with the bomb-making terrorists and the BIFF which it alleges to be a breakaway segment of their group. Ferrer’s defense that such relationship is now history was not acceptable as she cannot refute the fact that the bomb-making terrorists have long-established a discreet stronghold within the territory of the MILF, as shown by incidents that led to the Mamasapano massacre. The terrorists have trained hundreds and are now roaming around Mindanao and other parts of the country, and even have started to sow terror, and although Marwan is allegedly dead, Usman is still free.

Ferrer’s defensive stand in favor of the MILF is very obvious, as if she was part of the MILF party, herself. She exchanged words in a heated argument with Senator Allan Cayetano, instead of accepting their group’s failure to exercise more thoroughness in dealing with MILF, to ensure that the government’s sovereignty is not jeopardized. She was mouthing defensive statements such as their being well-equipped with information gathered by their intelligence mechanism. How then, did they fail to take note that Marwan and Usman who had been entrenched within the territory of MILF were training local terrorists in Mindanao while peace negotiation with the latter (MILF) was going on? They could have called the attention of the MILF to such situation a very long time ago, yet. Their failure to do so, clearly led to the Mamasapano massacre of the 44 and wounding of many others who had no choice but take the risk of arresting the two terrorists. Such unfortunate tragedy could have not happened if only the two ladies indeed, did their best to “negotiate”.

With the full trust given to Deles and Ferrer in forging the peace agreement that is supposed to pave the establishment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, is the expectation that the expected peace will be achieved for Mindanao and the Philippines. Unfortunately for them, the Senate hearing brought out the flaws in their negotiation. The exposure made many Mindanaoans wary if indeed, the MILF is strong enough to control its subordinates, as well as, resolute and a sincere party to which the Philippine government will entrust the propagation of a lasting peace in Mindanao.

Many are now asking, how well do Deles and Ferrer know Mindanao. Are they from Mindanao, especially, central Mindanao which is the focus of the issue? Did they live for a long period in Mindanao to have at least a breath of the different cultures and religions which are also among the issues, aside from politics? Why were they chosen, instead of the known competent Mindanaoans? Were they chosen because of their “right connections”?

Aside from the looming failure of the lawmakers to pass the BBL, there is now a call for Pnoy to replace Deles and Ferrer as the representatives of the GRP in the peace negotiation with MILF. If this happens, not only one corner will be added to the peace process…and if this happens, Mindanaoans, the ordinary constituents, both Muslims and Christians will just have to endure the prolonged agony brought about by selfishness, arrogance, and greed for power of some individuals!

2 thoughts on “The Competence of Deles and Ferrer Questioned as Representatives of the Government in the Peace Negotiation with MILF

  1. I admire your insights here. I watched the Senate hearing yesterday. I saw on tv how these two people, both members of the GRP panel in the peace process with the MILF, responded to questions posed by our legislators. Some of their answers were not even responsive to the questions.

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  2. thanks for the encouraging comment, Caps…ang kapalit naman ay pag-palpitate ko…sumirit ang bp ko sa 170/100…pero sanay na ako dahil may nakaistambay namang gamot…paki-check ng site “Bayan Ko” admin si Pedrosa, yong book writer…marami kang mami-meet na taga-UP…

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