QUEZON CITY—The government (GRP) panel negotiating with the National Democratic Front (NDF) upheld its commitment in facilitating the issuance of an amnesty proclamation and the release of detained communist rebels on Wednesday, December 7, during the Congressional hearing on the proposed amnesty measure.
MANILA – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus G. Dureza pointed out that the concerns of the group of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari and his followers will have to be handled separate from that of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and MNLF Musliman Sema faction.
The BTC is one of the mechanisms established under the signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) tasked to draft an enabling law that will establish and operationalize the envisioned Bangsamoro political entity.
During the first round of talks, the government and the NDF agreed to transform their separate indefinite unilateral ceasefire into a joint, bilateral ceasefire within two months from the signing of their Joint Statement last August 26.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The government (GRP) negotiating panel for talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) has reiterated the importance of having a broad and strong public support with regard achieving a final peace agreement with the communist insurgents, citing specific areas where civil society can help.
“If we succeed in building a constituency which manifests the true will of the people, can two sides say no to that strong public voice?” explained Atty. Efren Moncupa, chair of the GRP Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
These conversations are keys to effective implementation of the aforementioned agreements especially that preparations toward the legislation of a new enabling law is already on its way.
The foreign delegates present during the briefing commended the Philippine experience in civilian protection that it can be replicated for other conflict situations.
MAKATI CITY – The shift from the current unitary system to a federal form of government will greatly contribute to the correction of the past wrongdoings committed against the Bangsamoro, Cordillera, and several indigenous communities in the country.
Keynote Address of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza during the Global Autonomy, Governance, and Federalism Forum 2016
(The speech was read by former OPAPP Undersecretary Jose Lorena.)
In behalf of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Jess Dureza, and the OPAPP, I would like to extend our appreciation for this honor to address the Global Autonomy, Federalism, and Governance Forum 2016.
As early as half a year ago, we have heard so many positive things about this forum. First, that it was initiated by the IAG and the KAS, two pioneer organizations that have always shown full support for the peace process. The Konrad Adenauer Stieftung (KAS) Philippines has nurtured the academic life and study of its scholars – some of whom have worked for OPAPP – thereby benefiting the country immensely. The IAG is at the forefront of pushing for good governance through creativity, inclusivity, and critical thinking.
To representatives of national government agencies, regional line agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, and our partners for peace and development:
Good afternoon. Maayong hapon sa tanan. As-salāmu ʿalaykum!
On behalf of our Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza, we express our gratitude to you – our partners for change and instruments for peace. Your presence today speaks of our shared and continued engagement in pursuing peace and development across our homeland.