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    2 Miriams in Phl to meet on peace pact

    THE Philippine government on Saturday said it is always open to explain to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago the contents of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) through chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer.
    The government issued the statement after Santiago said that there may be consequences to the CAB it signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to restore peace in Southern Philippines.
    The government reiterated its desire to engage the senator in discussions with Ferrer.
    Santiago earlier said the peace pact was unconstitutional because it turns the Bangsamoro as a substate instead of a mere autonomous region.
    The senator, however, clarified that she was not out to “scuttle” the CAB.
    Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the “government is always open to explain the contents of the agreement.”
    “Even when we only had the framework agreement at that time, our panel visited civil society organizations, members of academe, members of to show them its contents,” Valte said.
    She added: “Hopefully, discussions between Sen. Santiago and Chair Ferrer push through.”
    Valte, meanwhile, said that even if the Bangsamoro Basic Law undergoes challenges at the Supreme Court, the government has full hopes that the law’s constitutionality will be upheld.
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