Posted by: JWP | 01/28/2010

Philippine Islamic rebels demand share in ExxonMobil’s oil and gas proj

Moro rebels demand share in ExxonMobil’s Sulu oil and gas project

BusinessWorld 01/26/10

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Exxon Mobil Corp. should recognize the Moros’ ancestral claims and rightful share of resources extracted from Sulu Sea, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said in a statement yesterday.

“The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has reminded Exxon Mobil, which is presently engaged in oil exploration in Sulu, not to forget that it is operating within the Moro ancestral homeland and that the rightful share of the Bangsamoro people is not written off by its agreement with the Manila government,” the rebel group said in a statement.

The MILF and the Philippine government are preparing for a second round of talks next week in Kuala Lumpur, which will touch on the general framework of a proposed final peace deal, which includes the sharing of resources.

“The issue of wealth-sharing between the central Government and the future Bangsamoro state or sub-state is one of the outstanding issues in the current GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines)-MILF Peace Talks,” the Moro rebels said. It noted that a botched deal covering territory indicated a “75-25 sharing of wealth including oil or gas production, in favor of the future Moro state.”

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