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1996 Final Peace Agreement Philippines

In 2003, THE ARMM Ministry of Trade and Industry has asked the regional legislator to expedite the adoption of the Regional Authority of the Economic Zone (REZA) Act to encourage local and foreign investment through tax incentives and income leave.1 On 15 August 2003, the regional assembly passed the RIZA Act, in accordance with the 1996 agreement. The RIZA Act provides the legal mechanism for the creation, operation, management and coordination of special economic zones within the region2. This has also paved the way for the formulation of strategies for various socio-economic development programmes, including the local tax code, and preferential rights for the exploration, development and use of natural resources in the autonomous territory. The failure to mention one of the specific views of the 1996 agreement in the report to the third, responsible for monitoring the implementation of the agreement, suggests that no appointments have been made. The attention paid to the latest election results suggests that the government has not made an appointment to which it could be referred in its report, which is tantamount to trying to share something instead of nothing. The MNLF report to the OIC explicitly states that no appointments have been made on the basis of the regional government`s recommendations under the 1996 agreement.1 A 2006 OIC Secretary-General`s report examines the discussion points you have given by MNLF and grAmC on the implementation status of important provisions , but the ICO does not make its own independent judgments on the basis of the review proceedings. From 1996 to 2005, there was no evidence of an annual or periodic review of implementation by the OIC or its working group, the OIC Peace Committee for the southern Philippines. Eleven years after the agreement, the OIC reported on each party`s competing demands. Nearly 20 years later, the Tripoli agreement remained the framework for the final consensus between the Philippine government and the MNLF, itself promoted by the Islamic States. Both sides had overcome the contradictions resulting from a long war and mistrust resulting from the non-implementation of previous agreements. Not only had the negotiators tackled these difficulties, but they also seemed to have become friends during the four years of discussions – indicating the hope that this time peace was close.

On 2 September 1996, at the signing of the agreement, President Fidel Ramos said: “This peace agreement is fully in line with our aspirations for peace and development for all, especially the millions of poor and destitute masses in our southern regions.” MNLF President Nur Misuari was also optimistic, although a little more cautious: “We need to warn people not to expect too much, but that`s not an excuse for not maximizing our efforts either.” Like all peace processes, the government-MNLF process has been misunderstood in its design and implementation.