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BINAY URGES EUROPEAN NATIONS TO BACK FRAMEWORK ACCORD WITH MILF
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay urged yesterday the European nations and the rest of the international community to support the framework agreement signed last Oct. 15 by the Aquino government with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Binay, now in Brussels, Belgium, said the historic framework agreement between government and the MILF is the country's "first step in a long and determined journey to peace and progress."
He also hoped that a peace agreement between the government and the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) would follow suit.
"It is such a decisive step that we hope Europe, together with the rest of the international community, would not hesitate to extend every possible support to this initiative," Binay said in a speech before heads of state attending the European Development Days (EDD 2012) in Brussels.
Binay said he believes that the Bangsamoro framework will bring development to Mindanao.
"The establishment of a political entity known as Bangsamoro will bring to a final and permanent close a secessionist insurgency that has cost our country so much in terms of human and material costs, and held hostage for so long the development process in a region so richly endowed with good weather, fertile soil, lush vegetation, a hardworking and enterprising people, and a wide variety of mineral resources," Binay said.
He said the framework agreement would transform the nation's economic and social fabric and improve the people's lives.
"Our earnest desire to eradicate social injustice and inequality and make human development the main driving force and central motive of our peace and reconciliation efforts with the various parties in armed conflict with the state has finally begun to bear fruit," Binay said.
Binay said he hopes the signing of the accord with the MILF would help push peace negotiations with the CPP.
"Encouraged by this breakthrough, we hope we could soon finalize our next peace agreement with the Communist Party of the Philippines and its military arm, and the National Democratic Front," Binay said.
Binay also highlighted the Philippines' success in implementing a practical model for development and poverty alleviation through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) that provides access to health, nutrition and education, particularly of children aged 0-14.