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Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on his meeting with President Duterte regarding updates on the peace process with some Cabinet members, including Secretaries Silvestre Bello III, Liza Masa, Judy Taguiwalo, and Rafael Mariano at Malacañang

February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

We met with President Duterte until late last night and discussed the directions and possible next steps in our peace engagements with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF), the Bangsamoro, the Cordillerans, and the other stakeholders. […]

Statement of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza on the CPP/NPA/NDF’s call to proceed with the bilateral ceasefire negotiations

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

We welcome and respect the positive position coming from the leadership of the CPP/NPA/NDF. On the part of the Philippine government, we share the same commitment to work for just and lasting peace in the land. When “compelling reasons,” as President Duterte earlier announced, are present, then we in government shall take the next necessary steps. ### […]

Speech of Irene M. Santiago, Chair, Government Implementing Panel for the GPH-MILF Peace Accord, on behalf of Secretary Jesus G. Dureza during the TJRC Public Launch

February 20th, 2017|0 Comments

TJRC Public Launch 20 February 2017 Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City Assalamulaikum.  Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.  Greetings to the distinguished guests at the presidential table. My dear friends. As we were reminded in the beginning of the program, the TJRC was mandated to “undertake a study and recommend to the Panels the appropriate mechanisms to address legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, correct historical injustices, and address human rights violations and marginalization through land dispossession, towards healing and reconciliation.”  The TJRC was also mandated to “recommend programs and measures that would bring about the reconciliation of the different communities that have been affected by conflict.” […]

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Release of Political Prisoners as a Necessary Step to Achieve Peace

December 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Mr. Presiding Officer, members of this august body, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant morning. A week ago, 66 year-old Bernabe Ocasia became the 13th political prisoner to die in detention in the last five years, and the first under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Ocasia had been in prison for over a decade before he suffered a massive stroke that led to his death. It is the fervent wish of many advocates and families of political prisoners pushing for the freedom of their loved ones that Ocasia will be the last political prisoner to suffer death without seeing the hands of justice turn. […]

Generation ‘Me’ transforms into Generation Peace

October 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Today’s youth belonging to the millennial generation – sometimes called Generation ‘Me’ – are deemed accustomed to an ‘instant gratification’ lifestyle others quickly dismiss as misplaced entitlement. Bangsamoro leader Datu Beds Kali proves just how wrong this judgment through his diligent advocacy towards peace with fellow youth leaders. […]

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