MILF defends Bangsamoro agreement before SC

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(File photo) MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim chats with President Benigno Aquino III at the ceremonial start of the decommissioning of the rebels.

Metro Mqnila (CNN Philippines) — The fight for peace in Mindanao continues.

A senior member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel has the court's permission to defend the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

These are being challenged at the Supreme Court.

In his motion, Datu Michael Mastura wants the four petitions challenging government's deals with the Moros dismissed for lack of merit.

He is asking the high court to restore the status quo ante order and allow the peace process to continue.

Claiming to be a direct descendant of Sultan Kudarat, Mastura asked the court to uphold and recognize the birthright of every Moro to ascribe to the Bangsamoro self-identity under the Constitution.

Mastura was joined by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman in today's filing (October 27).

Hataman said the autonomous regional government would file anytime soon a separate motion for intervention in support of the peace deal.

He also said that there is no legal reason to stop the peace process in Mindanao.

MILF legal counsel Naguib Sinarimbo said that legally striking down the peace deals would be more harmful than failing to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

He added that this could result in a renewed armed conflict in Mindanao. 

The Supreme Court is currently on break.

The justices will reconvene on November 10 for their full session, where the motion is expected to be taken up.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.