INTRODUCTION
TIMELINE OF THE PEACE PROCESS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IMPLEMENTING PANEL
  • 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

    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. […]

  • 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

    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

    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.” […]

  • Turn-Over of Agriculture Equipment to 6 Previously Acknowledged MILF Camps

    Turn-Over of Agriculture Equipment to 6 Previously Acknowledged MILF Camps

    The Department of Agriculture turned-over agricultural equipment to the farmers of the six acknowledged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps in ARMM on Thursday, 09 February 2017 in Camp Darapanan, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. […]

  • OPAPP announces new members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission

    OPAPP announces new members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission

    PASIG CITY—The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) on Friday announced the new members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC)—a body that will draft the new Bangsamoro enabling law. The crafting of the law is part of the implementation process of the southern peace pact or the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on March 2014. […]

  • Phil peace process takes global center stage

    Phil peace process takes global center stage

    NEW YORK, USA—The country’s peace and development road map of the Duterte administration took global center stage at the United Nations (UN) in two successive days of separate sessions at the UN General Assembly Headquarters in New York City this week. […]

  • After almost 17 years after all-out-war, GPH and MILF panel chairs set foot again in Camp Abubakar

    After almost 17 years after all-out-war, GPH and MILF panel chairs set foot again in Camp Abubakar

    BARIRA, Maguindanao—It was a historic coincidence indeed as World Bank representative Matthew Stephens noted that, in the 11 year-operation of the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF), it is only here that both heads of the peace panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) came together to grace the turnover of MTF projects. […]

  • Dureza encourages IP leaders to form advisory council for peace talks

    Dureza encourages IP leaders to form advisory council for peace talks

    Presidential peace adviser Jesus G. Dureza asked the leaders from different indigenous peoples (IP) groups in the province to come up with an advisory council, which will aid the peace process with different rebel groups in tackling various IP concerns. […]

  • BTC members expected to be named by January, says peace adviser

    BTC members expected to be named by January, says peace adviser

    PASIG CITY—President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to name the 21 individuals who will comprise the new and expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) by January next year, according to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza. […]

  • PPRD, a President for all – OPAPP official

    PPRD, a President for all – OPAPP official

    DAVAO CITY—A top official of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has said that President Rodrigo R. Duterte does not distinguish between friend or foe and is willing to go to great lengths to push forward the peace process in Mindanao. […]

  • Bangsamoro civil society organizations in Western Mindanao urge Moro leaders to work for the common interest of the Bangsamoro people

    Bangsamoro civil society organizations in Western Mindanao urge Moro leaders to work for the common interest of the Bangsamoro people

    ZAMBOANGA CITY – Unity among Moro leaders is a key to advance the common interest of the Bangsamoro people and ultimately bring peace in Mindanao, civil society organizations said. […]

  • MNLF Misuari faction to be engaged by govt separately

    MNLF Misuari faction to be engaged by govt separately

    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. […]

  • Simultaneous legislative work on Bangsamoro law, federalism seen

    Simultaneous legislative work on Bangsamoro law, federalism seen

    DAVAO CITY – The passage of a new Bangsamoro enabling law will move alongside efforts toward implementing a federal form of government to immediately address the historical injustices and end decades of armed conflict in Mindanao, said Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza in a gathering of media practitioners in the city late last week. […]

  • EO activates enhanced BTC; seeks inclusivity in Bangsamoro peace process

    EO activates enhanced BTC; seeks inclusivity in Bangsamoro peace process

    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. […]

  • Speech of Irene M. Santiago, Chair of the Government Implementing Panel for the Bangsamoro Peace Accords

    Speech of Irene M. Santiago, Chair of the Government Implementing Panel for the Bangsamoro Peace Accords

    Delivered during the signing by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Executive Order constituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission 7 November 2016, Malacañan Palace Who was it who said that the quality of a peace agreement rests on the quality of its implementation. Today, President Duterte will sign the executive order constituting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. Four days ago, the founding chair of the MNLF, Prof. Nur Misuari, offered his full support of the President’s efforts to bring peace to Mindanao at last. Thus, we are now geared up for the implementation of the agreement signed with the MILF in 2014 and of that signed with the MNLF in 1996. […]

  • President Duterte to sign EO for the establishment of a new BTC

    President Duterte to sign EO for the establishment of a new BTC

    MANILA—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will sign an executive order on Monday, November 7, establishing an expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body tasked to draft an enabling law that will serve as the legal foundation of the future Bangsamoro government in Mindanao. […]

  • IP advisory council, reconstituted BTC to ensure inclusivity in peace process — Dureza

    IP advisory council, reconstituted BTC to ensure inclusivity in peace process — Dureza

    MANILA CITY – The creation of a reconstituted Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and an advisory council for the indigenous people are underway to guarantee that there is a more inclusive and more transparent peace process under the Duterte administration according to Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus Dureza. […]

  • Public participation key to Bangsamoro peace pacts implementation

    Public participation key to Bangsamoro peace pacts implementation

    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. […]

  • PH peace official briefs int’l community on civilian protection mechanism

    PH peace official briefs int’l community on civilian protection mechanism

    The foreign delegates present during the briefing commended the Philippine experience in civilian protection that it can be replicated for other conflict situations. […]

  • Federalism to help correct historical injustices

    Federalism to help correct historical injustices

    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

    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. […]

  • Commander Madrox men fall to joint gov’t, MILF operation

    Commander Madrox men fall to joint gov’t, MILF operation

    COTABATO CITY – More than a dozen henchmen of Samad Masgal alias Commander Madrox, notorious leader of an armed group of lawless elements involved in the drug trade and operating in North Cotabato, were turned over yesterday by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines 602nd Infantry Brigade and elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Central Mindanao Front to the Provincial Police Office of Cotabato after being nabbed in a successful joint law enforcement operation. […]

  • Moro youth pursues peace under federalism

    Moro youth pursues peace under federalism

    MARAWI CITY — Since the establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in 1935 under the leadership of President Manuel L. Quezon, the country has adopted the unitary or presidential system of government. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s strong pronouncements on the nationwide shift towards federalism have mostly been met with thunderous applause, approval, and yearning for more comprehension on what federalism would entail. Thus, rather than take the public’s concurrence for granted, a group of young Moros took it upon themselves to jumpstart community-wide engagement and dialogue on the matter. […]

  • Correcting Moro history crucial to success of Bangsamoro peace process

    Correcting Moro history crucial to success of Bangsamoro peace process

    ZAMBOANGA CITY – Both academicians and youth leaders agree that correcting the historical narrative of the Bangsamoro in the Philippines is crucial in fostering a better understanding among the Filipino people and in helping forward a resolution to the decades-old rebellion in the Philippine south. National Ulama Council of the Philippines (NUCP) Secretary General and Moro professor Alih Aiyub said it is crucial that the new generation understands the underlying factors of the Mindanao conflict which largely stems from the political and economic struggle of the Bangsamoro. He also highlighted the importance of having “well-informed constituencies” in order to generate wide public support on the Bangsamoro peace process. […]

  • Message of MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal for the Peace Month

    Message of MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal for the Peace Month

    The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel joins in the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month 2016, and congratulates the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on its 23rd Anniversary. […]

  • Brief Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on the Release of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad

    Brief Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on the Release of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad

    Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad was released by his captors earlier today, Saturday, at around 2PM somewhere in Patikul, Sulu. […]

  • A Tribute to Tengku Ghafar, Malaysian Facilitator by Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza

    A Tribute to Tengku Ghafar, Malaysian Facilitator by Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza

    We heard the sad news about the sudden passing today of Malaysian peace facilitator Tengku Datu Abdul Ghafar Tengku Bin Mohamad who was a guiding star and leading light in our work for peace with the Bangsamoro. Just a few weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur, we both warmly presided over a historic milestone with the launching of the implementation phase of the long-drawn Bangsamoro negotiations that spanned 17 years which, for the most part, he skillfully and adroitly marshaled to a successful conclusion. […]

  • Joint Statement of the GPH and MILF Implementing Panels

    Joint Statement of the GPH and MILF Implementing Panels

    The respective Implementing Panels for the GPH-MILF Bangsamoro Peace Agreement of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were formally launched on 13 August 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Deputy Minister of Defense Dato’ Sri Mohd Johari bin Baharum graced the event in representation of His Excellency Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim were also present. The Philippine Delegation consisted of House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael D. Sueno, National Security Adviser Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr., House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya, and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv S. Hataman.The formal launch was also witnessed by the different stakeholders composing the global partners for peace. The members of the GPH and MILF Implementing Panels were introduced during the formal launch. […]

  • Opening Statement of Ms. Irene M. Santiago Chair, GPH Implementing Panel for the Bangsamoro

    Opening Statement of Ms. Irene M. Santiago Chair, GPH Implementing Panel for the Bangsamoro

    Opening Statement of Ms. Irene M. Santiago Chair, GPH Implementing Panel for the Bangsamoro Accords 13 August 2016, Palace of the Golden Horses Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaAssalamu alaikum. Assalamu alaikum.We are here to implement agreements already made. It is a different phase of the long peace process. As I look across the room, I see that many of us have been on this road together. It is good to be among friends and fellow travellers to discuss how to bring peace in our land. […]

  • Statement of Philippine Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza after end of two-day talks on the Bangsamoro in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Statement of Philippine Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza after end of two-day talks on the Bangsamoro in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Within a record time of just six (6) weeks soon after the start of the Duterte administration, the new architecture for peace between the government and the Bangsamoro has been drawn and crafted with the initial building blocks immediately set in place by the newly launched peace implementing panels of both the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Kuala Lumpur. I particularly take special mention of the launching and the initial meetings of the GPH and MILF panels (ably headed by Ms. Irene M. Santiago and Mohaqher Iqbal, respectively) which ended Sunday afternoon, August 14, in Malaysia in a high and positive note. […]

  • Press Statement of Secretary Jesus G. Dureza on the Launching of the Implementing Phase of the Bangsamoro Peace Accords

    Press Statement of Secretary Jesus G. Dureza on the Launching of the Implementing Phase of the Bangsamoro Peace Accords

    August 13, 2016, Palace of the Golden Horses, Mines, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia We are pleased to be back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to launch a crucial phase of the Bangsamoro peace process — the implementing phase. We have agreed that the negotiations phase is over and now it is time to implement what we have agreed we will do. So today we are officially launching the implementing phase of the Bangsamoro peace agreements between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). […]