by Lito Dar (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)
There is nothing in the closure agreement signed by the government, through the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) that would prevent the Cordillera Administrative Region  from  achieving  autonomy.

 

This was stressed by President Benigno Aquino III, in an interview  during his visit at the Tree Top Adventure in Camp John Hay last Friday,   along with Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo.

“There is nothing in the agreement that prevents them from getting that,  for as long as the people who are affected would want it. But  if in the plebiscite it doesn’t win, then I cannot produce something that the people do not want”, Aquino said.

The issue was raised to the President after the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR), recently approved a resolution requesting P-Noy to  suspend, pending  resolution of issues, Executive Order 49 that mandates the implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement between the government and the CPLA that prescribed the transformation of the CPLA into a potent socio-economic and unarmed force, and  puts  closure  to the Mt. Data Peace Accord signed in 1986.

Read more at Cordillera Express.