The Arroyo administration just dissolved the ill-fated government panel that negotiated for the MOA-AD. This was an expected decision, after it also announced before the Supreme Court that it wquld not sign the MOA-AD “in its present form or in any other form.” The MOA-AD–in its present version and in any other version–is now dead, mourned over, and finally buried.
It is evident that the GMA adminstration wants a way out of the MOA-AD fiasco, with as few wounds as possible. It finally dawned on GMA that the MOA-AD adventure can well lead to the end of her own administration. The various protestations of Solicitor-General Devenadera that GMA did not read the agreement, nor given her authority even to the initialing of the document, nor would she give it if the agreement is known to her basically shows a desperate attempt to distance her from a Supreme Court decision that may not be to her liking and may not even spare her the ultimate responsibility for a botched peace process.
However, the consistent thread running through the maneuvers of Malacañang through all the vicissitudes of the public outcry, the MILF attacks, reported foreign pressures, and the drama in the Supreme Court is a consistent declaration for maintaining the peace initiative. The so-called DDR alternative strategy (disarmament, demobilization, and rehabilitation), smells of a hastily-drawn, temporary, and patchwork initiative. A new peace initiative is called for by the current situation unless the government and the MILF are already prepared for and has the political will for renewed war. I don’t think so.
The dissolution of the current peace panel but the retention of the position of the presidential adviser on the peace process and presidential instructions for review of the current peace process points to a new peace strategy in the near future. The specter of a resurrected MOA-AD in a completely new guise is still with us.