Peaceniks say ancestral domain issue needs wider consultations
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 November) — More time and wider consultations are
needed to tackle the ancestral domain issue, one of the more ticklish issues
in the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation
front (MILF), according to groups and individuals that attended the Kusog
Mindanao conference here on November 3-4.
Consistent with this stand, the conference participants veered away from
tradition by deciding not to draw out consensus points in order not to
preempt the holding of wider consultations around Mindanao.
Rey Magno Teves, conference convener, said they need more time to tackle a
serious issue that has stalled the peace negotiation starting two months
Teves said a group from among the participants will meet to discuss means to
deepen the issues.
MILF peace panel member Datu Michael Mastura and GRP peace panel vice chair
Prof. Rudy Rodil gave updates on the peace process on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4,
Mastura said the ball is with the government, who has asked to be given
until Nov. 15 to submit its proposal on the issue of ancestral domain.
He gave a “frank” presentation entitled “Framing Bangsamoro Ancestral Domain
with Right to Self-Determination” where he underscored that territorial
remedy represents a just solution. He said the real issue is territory and
not preferences of people.(To be updated)