Palace reviews peace talks results

Malacanang said it is reviewing the results of all past peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while waiting for the end of the Ramadan on Sept. 9 before resuming talks with the MILF.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles is now “precisely reviewing the results of all previous peace negotiations between the government and MILF to ensure that we will not be starting from scratch, as some people are saying.”

President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his first State of the Nation Address, expressed his commitment to reach lasting peace in the country by entering into talks between the MILF and the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New Peoples Army.

The President said the government faces two obstacles on the road to peace: the situation in Mindanao and the continued revolt of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

“Our view has not changed when it comes to the situation in Mindanao. We will only achieve lasting peace if all stakeholders engage in an honest dialogue: may they be Moro, Lumad, or Christian. We have asked Dean Marvic Leonen to head our efforts to talk to the MILF,” he said.

In the SONA, the President said he recognizes the efforts of the MILF to “discipline those within its ranks. We are hopeful that the negotiations will begin after Ramadan. OPS

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