President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of unilateral ceasefire gave us hope that the longstanding armed conflict between the Government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) is finally nearing its end.
Undersecretary Corvera, in his opening statement, declared that the “Philippines sees every opportunity to evaluate its human rights record as an opportunity for improvement” and welcomed the observations of CAT.
For almost half a century, the struggle to establish a genuine Bangsamoro political system of self-governance in Mindanao has been the passion and vision of the region’s multi-cultural communities. The cost of this righteous cause has been overwhelming in terms of lives lost, properties destroyed and hindered socio-economic development.
The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) reminded me of the time when there was high optimism and abundance of goodwill that the Bangsamoro will come to pass. We hope that to carry on that optimism and goodwill.
On this memorable day, when we celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, I wish to congratulate both the Philippine government led by President Benigno S. Aquino III and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) led by Datu Al-Haj Murad, and their respective panels for the signing of the CAB.
The peace process in Mindanao may have stalled with the non-passage of the BBL but let us all remember that the CAB, which anniversary we commemorate this month, already reflects the principles for the establishment of an autonomous political entity for the Bangsamoro, recognizing the justness and legitimacy of their aspiration for greater auton
OSLO, NORWAY—Negotiators from the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) today, August 25, gave the green light for an accelerated timetable for its Reciprocal Working Committee (RWC) and Reciprocal Working Groups (RWG) to complete work on the substantive agenda of the peace talks in less than a year.
There should no longer be any doubt that President Rodrigo Duterte is serious and determined to find a peaceful solution to the decades old communist insurgency in the country following the release of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon this morning, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said today.