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Commentary: PGMA's optimism for peace pact with MILF

Cebu, Philippines (25 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is well-justified in her optimism that the peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is at hand. Indeed, majority of Mindanaoans continue to help the government in bringing peace and economic development in the region.

President Arroyo told business leaders during the recent Iligan Business Forum that Mindanao in the last six years has tremendously improved in terms of safety, security and economic growth.

She remains hopeful that with the businessmen's support, the government will overcome the final barriers on ancestral domain to bring into finality the peace process.

"We are very close to an agreement with the MILF," the President told the businessmen citing that the current agreement between the GRP and the MILF are making things better in Mindanao except for the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group that remains a big obstacle in bringing peace, stability and order in Southern Philippines.

The President also believes that for the country to become modernized, it should put a stop to the ideological nonsense and criminal acts of the communist group although she said that her government is ready to provide amnesty to all communist rebels that want to return to mainstream society.

She noted that based on the record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) is now a low-level threat to the country.

In the same forum, PGMA announced the of Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Chief for Administration, Chief Supt. Avelino Razon, as the new PNP Chief to replace retiring Director General Oscar Calderon, effective Oct. 1.

Razon, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 74, served as director of the former Western Police District Command (WPDC) now Manila Police District, Southern Police District Command, National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) and head of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) during the term of former President Fidel. V. Ramos. He will take over the PNP Chief portfolio on the exact date Calderon goes on compulsory retirement. (PIA-Cebu/MBCN) [top]

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