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President Marcos graces BTA inauguration; vows to push forward Bangsamoro peace process under the administration’s banner of unity

COTABATO CITY (15 September 2022) – As part of his administration’s continuing efforts to unite the country’s two major Moro fronts, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. graced on Thursday the inaugural session of the new Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

It was a historic moment and a major milestone for the Bangsamoro peace process as the top leadership of the MILF and MNLF – MILF Chairman Ebrahim Murad, MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari sat beside the President in a show of solidarity. Other high-ranking MNLF leaders, including Chairman Muslimin Sema who is also BARMM labor minister, former Deputy Speaker Abdulgani ‘Gerry’ Salappudin, former MNLF Leader, attended the occasion in a show of solidarity.

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Jolo bombing survivors on the road to recovery

JOLO, Sulu — In the morning of January 19, 2019, two powerful bomb explosions ripped through the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, claiming the lives of 20 people and injuring scores of innocent lives.

Three years after the harrowing incident, 50 of the victims are now on the way to recovery and rebuilding their lives with the aid of psychosocial healing sessions conducted by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU).

The OPAPRU, through its Social Healing and Peacebuilding Office (SHAPEO), partnered with the Notre Dame of Jolo College to capacitate 25 local counselors and carry out 10 healing sessions among the 50 blast victims.

“Sa halos dalawang taon na ang nagdaan, ako ay puno ng galit, takot, pagkamuhi sa mga salarin pagtago sa sarili, hindi nagsisimba, malungkot at naawa sa sarili dahil pasan ko ang sakit at nagka-trauma ng biktima ng twin bombing sa cathedral,” shared Delia Hoe, one of the blast survivors and participants of the healing sessions.

(For almost past two years I have been full of anger, fear, hatred for the perpetrators, hiding myself, not going to church, sad and undergoing self-pity because I bore the pain and trauma as a victim of the twin bombings in the cathedral.)

After attending the healing 10 sessions, Hoe said that she has been able to come to terms with what happened, and is now ready to leave the past behind and move on to the next chapter of her life.

“Natutunan ko ang maliwanagan ang tungkol sa trahedya na kung ano man ang nangyari sa akin, ay taos-pusong tumayo dahil maraming nagmamahal sa akin. Una na ang Diyos dahil nabuhay pa ako at ang mga taong nakapaligid sa akin,” she said.

(I learned to be enlightened about the tragedy that no matter what happened to me, I stand with a sincere heart because there are many who love me. First of all God, because I am still alive and so are the people around me.)

“Our journey as counselors was not easy. Imagine the struggles of re-learning the methods and ways of conducting effective counseling sessions,” related Alton Jurah, one of the counselors,

According to Jurah, he was touched to see the trust and respect that had been established among counselees during the healing sessions. Academic institutions such as the Notre Dame of Jolo have played a significant role in sustaining local peace.

“We know how brave you were to share your traumatic experiences with us. It’s not easy but you opened the doors for us to help you,” he said, as he committed to continue being a frontline responder to the counselees and victims of other traumatic events.

Hoe related that she is “now healed at handang sumuong sa magandang buhay. The Psycho-social healing (intervention) was really a great help in my life.”

(She is now healed and ready to move forward to a better life. The psycho-social healing was really a great help in my life.)

For his part, Army Maj. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, 11th Infantry Division commander, noted that “our challenge really is how to sustain the gains we have now achieved.”

He said that through the collaborative efforts of all peace stakeholders, the people of Sulu are now enjoying relative peace and security since the bombing incident.

“We will continue to perform our mandate to secure this region so that incident such as another bombing will not happen again…Security really is a shared responsibility and ‘yong tulong ng stakeholders really play a great role in achieving sustainable peace in the province.”

Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Sec. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., who attended the completion ceremony of the psychosocial healing sessions last August 27, assured its peace partners agency that it will continue to implement peacebuilding initiatives in the province.

“This is not the end of our peacebuilding efforts here in Sulu. The OPAPRU shall continue to work closely with our peace stakeholders to sustain and build on the gains of peace in the province,” Galvez said.

The peace adviser emphasized, that “Under the Marcos Administration’s banner of unity, the OPAPRU, in collaboration with its peace partners, is determined to create the conditions where long-lasting peace and sustainable development can take root and flourish.”

As part of the culmination program, the OPAPRU and Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD) provided the beneficiaries with in-kind socio-economic assistance.

Galvez noted that academic institutions such as the Notre Dame of Jolo have played a significant role in sustaining local peace initiatives.

He said the OPAPRU is also intensifying efforts in the implementation of EO 570 through the adoption of the National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (NAP PCVE).

Galvez explained that through the NAP-PCVE, the national government will be able to effectively address the factors that contribute to radicalization and violent extremism in the Philippines. ###

36th Sipat tribute to pay homage to fallen ‘heroes’

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – Forged on September 13, 1986, the commemoration of the historic Mt. Data Peace Accord on Tuesday will pay homage to departed community leaders and combatants of the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) according to the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU).

As of writing, over 50 names have been included in the initial list of those who were killed or have died of other causes while “pursuing the Cordilleran cause and pursuit of autonomy,” according to OPAPRU which is leading the memorial in line with the celebration of this National Peace Consciousness Month.

The event will be marked by the laying of peace lilies by relatives of the departed at the newly-constructed Inner Peace Sanctum Art Memorabilia, which is located at the Mt. Data Hotel grounds in Bauko, Mountain Province.

A tribute message, which includes the roll of names of the deceased, will be delivered by Dia Felice Balweg, daughter of slain CPLA leader Conrado Balweg.

OPAPRU Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. described the individuals to be honored as “heroes of the Cordillera” for “championing the Cordilleran journey towards a peaceful and progressive autonomy.”

“They deserve every accolade because of their selfless dedication to the good of the Cordilleran people, which is worth emulating,” said Galvez.

The peace adviser is expected to grace the event which will also be attended by top elected officials in the Cordillera, as well as members of the CPLA and its political wing, the Cordillera Bodong Administration.

Thirty-six doves will also be released following the beating of 36 gongs as a symbolic commemoration of the Sept. 13 peace pact named after its venue, the Mt. Data Hotel.

It can be recalled that the CPLA split from the New People’s Army (NPA) in April 1986 and agreed to engage in peace negotiations initiated by the Aquino administration with all rebel groups.

The CPLA and the government entered into a peace deal, as both parties agreed to put an end to armed hostilities while pursuing a list of demands which included the formation of an autonomous region for the Cordillera.

The peace settlement was formalized through a traditional ‘sipat’ (peace pact) of the Kalinga where ‘allasiw’ (peace tokens) were exchanged as symbols of sincerity and commitment.

During the commemoration event, the tokens given by the government to the CPLA – an M16 rifle, a Christian Bible, and rosary – will also be presented and given a traditional blessing along with the art memorabilia.###

The 2nd OPAPRU peace research 2022 centers on women’s role in building and sustaining peace 

PASIG CITY– As part of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity’s annual celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month, the OPAPRU held the Second Peace Research Conference, which centers on the theme, “Ending Conflicts: Women’s Role in Building and Sustaining Peace” at the Chardonnay by Astoria event center last September 2 to 3.

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OPAPRU launches CSPP guidebook for government communicators

PASAY CITY (02 September 2022) — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) launched on Friday its Conflict Sensitivity and Peace Promotion (CSPP) Guidebook for government communicators.

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Message of Sec. Carlito G. Galvez Jr. for the Commemoration of the 26th Anniversary of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front | 02 September 2022

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity congratulates the men and women of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) as we commemorate the 26th Anniversary of the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA).

The forging of the FPA was a major turning point and a shining moment in the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the MNLF.

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Peace Month 2022: Unity and reconciliation, the key towards sustainable peace in the country

QUEZON CITY (1 September 2022) – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) will lead the opening of this year’s National Peace Consciousness Month with the Ringing of the World Peace Bell and a Candle Lighting Ceremony, on Thursday morning in this city.

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STATEMENT OF SEC. CARLITO G. GALVEZ, JR. ON THE KILLING OF AMPATUAN POLICE CHIEF LT. REYNALDO SAMSON AND CORPORAL SALIPUDIN ENDAB

31 August 2022

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity condemns in the strongest terms possible the killing of Ampatuan police chief Lieutenant Reynaldo Samson and his security aide Corporal Salipudin Endab on Tuesday in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

We extend our deepest condolences to the families and colleagues of Lt. Samson and Cpl. Endad, as we pray for the swift recovery of three other victims who were wounded during the ambush.

The murder of Lt. Samson and Cpl. Endad is a grim reminder that the agents of violence will not hesitate to wreak havoc on the populace. This is a major cause for concern that will be immediately and decisively addressed.

A manhunt has been launched by authorities against the suspected gunmen with the help of the GPH-MILF Ceasefire Mechanisms and support of the AFP Forces.

The area of incident is believed to have presence of BIFF terrorist group and other lawless elements.

We would like to assure the victims’ families that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be made to face the bar of justice and be held accountable for the crimes they committed.

The passing Lt. Samson and Cpl. Endad should serve as a clarion call for all of us to continue strengthening our peacebuilding efforts so that no one should lose their lives to the barrel of a gun.

The OPAPRU stands behind the families and colleagues of the fallen police officers. Thank you for your outstanding service, as you carried out your duties with the highest level of commitment. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.###