RP remains ardent on peace process - OPAPP
Manila (6 October) -- The government's commitment to the peace process remains firm despite some legal setbacks, cycle of violence and political opposition.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Avelino I. Razon, Jr. said in a speech at the Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno Lecture Series in Ateneo Law School, that the government puts peace at the forefront of its commitment to end bloodshed.
Razon said this earnest effort is proof that government is serious in ending the armed conflict at the earliest possible time.
It can be recalled the Supreme Court struck down the MOA-AD as unconstitutional in August last year.
Razon said the signing of the controversial document between the government peace panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Kuala Lumpur did not push through.
He added that the aborted signing angered the MILF that they launched attacks in some parts of central Mindanao which prompted government forces to launch counteractions.
In the midst of renewed fighting, Razon said, the government pursued back-channeling talks to show the MILF that it was ready to continue the peace talks.
Further, he assured that the peace policy of the government is an offshoot of the nationwide and multi-sectoral consultation led by then National Unification Commission (NUC) chaired by the late Haydee Yorac, to determine the root causes of the armed conflict and formulate policies to address them.
The government is pursuing six paths to peace, namely, 1) pursuit of social and economic reforms. 2) consensus-building and empowerment for peace, 3) peaceful, negotiated settlement with the different rebel groups, 4) programs for reconciliation, reintegration into mainstream society and rehabilitation of former rebels, 5) addressing concerns arising from continuing armed hostilities, and, 6) nurturing a climate conducive to peace.
Razon also added that the hopes are bright for the government and the MILF peace panels to return to the negotiating table. (PIA6/ESS) [top]