Peace talks put oil exploration on hold

Sunstar.com.ph reports gas and oil exploration in parts of Mindanao will be put on hold until details of a wealth-sharing agreement between the government and a proposed autonomous Bangsamoro region are ironed out.

Sunstar.com.ph reports gas and oil exploration in parts of Mindanao will be put on hold until details of a wealth-sharing agreement between the government and a proposed autonomous Bangsamoro region are ironed out.

 

This, after Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Al Haj Murad Ebrahim asked the government to hold off on bidding out areas that might be included in the proposed Bangsamoro region. Those areas include the Liguasan Marsh in the Cotabato Basin.

 

Sunstar quotes Ebrahim as saying it is "not against the exploitation of our natural resources, including oil and gas," but that this should be done at "the proper time and conditions".

 

The report quotes President Benigno Aquino III as saying the government is not accepting exploration bids for the areas. "We have not opened up any area because chairman Murad is right, wealth-sharing is among the annexes we still need to finalize," he reportedly said.

 

The government and the MILF signed a preliminary peace framework on October 15 to grant Muslims in the Southern Philippines broad autonomy. The framework, which both sides hope will put an end to more than 40 years of fighting, will require more negotiations to flesh out the details of the new autonomous region.

 

For more on this story, log on to Sunstar.com.ph.

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