Manila, Philippines – As the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front negotiating panels resume formal talks today in Kuala Lumpur on controversial issue that mired the peace process, they are also expected to discuss on wealth sharing issues.

MILF vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar confirmed that the MILF will present its position on the proposed revisions of the government regarding the wealth-sharing annex to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

Both sides have initialed the annex but the government wanted some changes that eventually disappoint MILF leaders and ground commanders.

“We have adopted some positions but we cannot discuss those positions in public. This is about the wealth-sharing annex,” Jaafar said.

Wealth-sharing is one of the unsettled issues under the framework agreement that was signed by the government and MILF negotiating panels October last year.

Jaafar has earlier accused the government in delaying the signing of the final peace agreement by breaking its commitment to negotiate right after the recently-concluded May elections.

He further stated that MILF will mostly likely reject the changes proposed by the government on the wealth-sharing agreement. He also noted that the MILF Central Committee had already come up with a position regarding the issue but did not reveal it.

On the other hand, Mohagher Iqbal, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief negotiator, said before flying to Kuala Lumpur that the negotiations will focus on methodologies and approaches to settling differences.

“We are willing to go an extra mile to finally reach an agreement on wealth sharing and move forward to the other annexes,” Iqbal said.

Iqbal also acknowledged the pressures to establish the Bangsamoro region by 2016 which is the end-term of the current administration.

“We have been discussing the wealth-sharing issue since July last year, exactly one year ago,” Iqbal said.

Meanwhile, the government panel, while pressed to finish the annex on wealth sharing soonest, restated that any wealth sharing agreement should withstand legal scrutiny and challenges. Thus, assuring the rebels that the government reflects their aspirations.

“In terms of principles, we are one with them (MILF). What we want for the Bangsamoro is to have all the fiscal arrangements to exercise a meaningful autonomy,” Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said.

The wealth sharing annex is one of the three remaining annexes that should be completed by the GPH and the MILF soon. The other two annexes are on power sharing and normalization.

Together with the annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities and the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the three annexes will cover the comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro.