Former government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel Ferrer will bid 2016 goodbye on a positive note after the dismissal of the treason charges filed against her and the Supreme Court’s decision to throw out petition questioning the constitutionality of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).
Ferrer, now a political science professor at the University of the Philippines, shared her happiness over her legal victories on Twitter.
Happy to end 2016 free of 2 court complaints filed vs xGPH, MILF peace panels, PAPP: treason!, SC petition re Bangsomoro constitutionality.
— MiriamCoronelFerrer (@mcoronelferrer) December 31, 2016
The Office of the Ombudsman in May upheld the Manila Prosecutor’s Office’s decision to dismiss the treason and inciting to sedition complaint filed in 2015 Ferrer, former Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles, peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) for lack of merit.
The complaint stemmed from the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which led to the signing of a peace agreement, and the creation of the CAB and draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
The BBL, which seeks the creation of an autonomous political entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), was not approved during the Aquino administration because of the controversy over the Mamasapano clash.
In a unanimous vote, the Supreme Court in October junked the petition to declare the CAB and FAB unconstitutional, saying it is still premature to rule on the matter.
“Any question on the constitutionality of the [CAB] and [FAB], without the implementing [BBL], is premature and not ripe for adjudication,” the SC said.