Questions on security issues dominate PMA forum on Bangsamoro peace process

Questions on security issues dominate PMA forum on Bangsamoro peace process

BAGUIO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Questions on security issues concerning the proposed Bangsamoro region dominated the roundtable discussion on the status of the peace process at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) here on Wednesday.

Among the questions posed by PMA cadets was whether government would retain authority over the Bangsamoro in terms of peacekeeping functions.

Another question dealt with organizational and operational systems for the Bangsamoro police and the central leadership of the Philippine National Police.

Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the government (GPH) panel in peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) clarified that peacekeeping will remain a function of the Central Government.

“In terms of national defense, that remains a reserved power of Central Government so there is only one armed forces of the Philippines and the commander in chief si the President of the Philippines,” Ferrer said.

“In practical terms, pag may national security situation, siempre national security concern yan but you know this is not martial law. The AFP cannot simply barge into any place na hindi man lang sila mag-coordinate sa mga local government units doon,” she said.

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