GPH-MILF peace deal: Groundwork begins

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Rappler talks to Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Yasmin Busran-Lao and Senen Bacani of the government's peace panel

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the government’s peace panel and members of the government peace panel, Yasmin Busran-Lao, Presidential Assistant for Muslim Concerns, and Senen Bacani, former Agriculture secretary.

On January 25, on their last round of talks, the parties signed deals on the last two, and most contentious, issues concerning the peace agreement. It took them 16 years to reach that point. (WATCH: Historic firearms deal paves way for peace)

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the normalization annex, which requires the rebel group to decommission their firearms, in phases, within a still-to-be-determined timetable. It is the last document needed before the final peace agreement can be signed

They also signed an agreement on water territories. An addendum to the power-sharing annex earlier signed, this specifies how resources in and power over territories in the Sulu Sea and the Moro Gulf will be shared by government and the Bangsamoro.

The two sides now enter the crucial phase of implementation.

How will the peace agreement affect the lives of people in Mindanao? What will the post-war environment look like? Watch Ferrer, Lao and Bacani talk about this below.

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