Statement of GRP panel chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on fresh NPA attacks

We are really saddened by these unfortunate incidents. We have communicated with our counterparts and they vowed to look into it.

In the meantime, we urge combatants to observe restraint.
We remain firm and confident that we can still proceed according to the agreement we just signed in Utrecht to swiftly reinstate our respective unilateral ceasefires while we work on the terms of an interim bilateral ceasefire agreement.

Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus G. Dureza on NPA Attacks

I am still here in Amsterdam and en route home after signing a joint statement with the leadership of the CPP/NPA/NDF and I am already getting disturbing reports of alleged atrocities by the NPAs like the recent burning of a bus in Makilala, North Cotabato.


Peace resumes; ceasefire restored

I am pleased to announce that the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines/ New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) which broke down weeks ago, are now back on track again.

At the same time, a unilateral ceasefire that was also earlier terminated is deemed restored and reinstated but will be made effective only as soon as the respective forces of both sides are duly informed but definitely before the next round of talks in April, 2017.

The unilateral ceasefire is a prelude to an interim bilateral ceasefire that needs further meetings between the two sides to determine and agree on rules, necessary guidelines and mechanisms.The parties are expected to start discussions on the bilateral ceasefire during the planned resumption of the negotiations during the first week of April, this year.

The effectivity of the agreement on safety and immunity guarantees (JASIG) that was also ordered terminated by President has been restored to enable the NDF consultants and their staff who were in jail or otherwise constrained, to physically surface and join in the peace work.

President Duterte himself closely monitored the efforts taken by the negotiators while in Utrecht in the Netherlands in bringing about an early breakthrough in the talks with the facilitation by the Royal Norwegian Government. The informal talks took place March 10 & 11.

Speech of MILF Chairman Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim during the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanaoan President of the Republic, Secretary Jesus “Jess” Dureza, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Members of the Cabinet and other officials of Government, Local Government, Excellencies of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the MILF Central Committee and fellow mujahedeen, Brothers from the MNLF, Traditional Leaders, Sectoral Leaders, CSO’s, Media, distinguished Guests; Brothers, sisters, friends, ladies and gentlemen, let me extend to you our fraternal greetings of peace,

Assalamo Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, very good afternoon:


Speech of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza during the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

As shown in the video, today is another milestone. What had been promised before, what had been the dream of this country has been enunciated very clearly and vividly by the President, who is from Mindanao, is now taking another turn to use the language of Inday Santiago.


Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC)

Thank you. Kindly sit down.

Pag nagka-pirmahan na tayo at mapayapa na ang Mindanao, aakyat ako dito. [laughter and applause] In the mean time, on the side na lang.

I really… ‘di masyado ako naka… naka-ano ako, not really coat and tie, but naka-loafer ako kaya lang basa ako sa Samal papunta rito. I was attending to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new drug rehab center. (more…)

[WATCH] Redressing the Historical Injustice against the Bangsamoro

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte vows to vigorously address the historical injustices against the Bangsamoro people by ensuring security, development, fair access to decision-making, and acceptance of identities.

“We will strive to have a permanent and lasting peace before my term ends. That is my goal. That is my dream,” he said.


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

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.