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Giving the US-backed MILF its substate EDITORIAL 08/31/2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Giving the US-backed MILF its substate

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08/31/2011
With the Moro Islamic Liberation Front panelist talking, certain points during that “secret” meeting in Japan between Noynoy and MILF chieftain appear to bear out suspicions that Noynoy did promise the MILF certain things, including a substate for the BangsaMoro government, and a lot more besides, since some Cabinet officials representing the very departments that are excluded in the substate version of the MILF were also present.

The MILF was pretty upbeat after the secret talks with Noynoy, and its leaders were already talking as though the substate proposal they spoke about was a done deal, with merely a final accord making it official.

Obviously too, with the Budget Secretary Butch Abad also in the picture, money — and a lot of it — not just a measly P5 million to keep the MILF happy — was part of the secret meeting topic.

The talk apparently had already revolved around a substate, with a BangsaMoro authority granted a lot of state power and with the government of the Philippines having the authority over national defense, foreign relations, currency and postal services and would still be exercised by the central government..... MORE

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