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Philippine priority: Lasting peace

THE efforts for lasting and genuine peace in the Philippines with the end goal of achieving sustained and inclusive growth continue to top the agenda for the 3rd regular session, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. told reporters Monday.
“The Bangsamoro Basic Law is now on second reading and being fine-tuned to ensure greater inclusiveness and greater efficiency in practice,” Belmonte said, “We want to ensure a more meaningful autonomy while likewise paving the way towards a more effective provision of vital services to our people. We want a peace that is lasting and sustainable.”

Philippines determined to win peace

DESPITE the ongoing skirmishes between military forces and the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Southern Philippines, the government is determined to win peace.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday said the government is focused on winning the peace in the country’s southern part by effecting needed changes
Coloma stressed that failure to establish a new Bangsamoro political entity that will change the status quo will not be an acceptable scenario for Malacañang Palace.
“Government efforts are focused on winning the peace in Mindanao. The alternative to change is the status quo and the status quo is not acceptable,” he told reporters.
At the very least, he said the government will continue to perform its task of ensuring peace and stability and protecting the citizens.
Coloma also assured the public the government has enough forces to maintain peace and order in war-torn regions from various armed groups.
“It is still the primordial duty of the state to maintain law and order,” he said.
The government is hoping to bring much-needed peace to Southern Philippines with the signing of an annex that would pave the way for a comprehensive peace agreement.

Philippines to pursue peace in South

A Philippine official on Tuesday said the government may certify as urgent the passage of a basic law establishing the Bangsamoro political entity which is a priority program of the administration.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said they are hoping to have the political entity in place and its officials elected by 2016.
“The indications point to the bill being certified as urgent, because it is a priority program of our administration,” Coloma said.
The official issued the statement as intermittent clashes between government troops and the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) continue to rage in the country’s war-torn regions.
Violence erupted anew a day after the signing of the annex on normalization by government peace negotiators and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel which are now working on a comprehensive peace agreement that would end the decades-old rebellion in Southern Philippines.
Under Article VI, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution, no bill passed by either House of Congress shall become a law unless it has passed three readings on separate days, “except when the President certifies to the necessity of its immediate enactment to meet a public calamity or emergency.”
Coloma said the Palace is hoping lawmakers will be one with it in working to bring peace to Mindanao soonest.
“We hope lawmakers study the merits of the proposed Bangsamoro basic law, and fulfill their sworn duty to serve the people,” he said.
He also expressed hopes the lawmakers will see the merits of the bill and use it as basis to decide on it.

Philippines to talk peace with Muslim rebels

THE Philippine government on Sunday expressed optimism that its next round of talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will finally pave the way to a final peace agreement.

Speaking for the government, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said they are hopeful the peace pact will finally end the decades-long conflict in Southern Philippines.

It could be the final round of talks between the government and the MILF,” Coloma told dzRB Radyo ng Bayan (People’s Radio) in an interview.

Philippine peace through federalism?

SENATOR Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Monday said peace in Mindanao (Southern Philippines) can only be permanently attained by adopting a federal system of government.

Pimentel said federalism will prevent the dismemberment of the country while providing the secessionist Bangsamoro a legal and political structure to preserve its own culture and identity.

The Mindanao lawmaker also said he fully supports the ongoing peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but “there is no guarantee that the talks will be successful because it may mainly create a temporary kind of truce, while “some obstacles would remain on the path to a peace settlement of the permanent kind.”

Will peace reign in Philippines in 2014?

PEACE remains elusive, but the Government of the Philippines (GPH) continues chasing it for more than three decades now. In fact, the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have already come into terms under a framework agreement that will establish the Bangsamoro government in 2016.

Under the agreement, major issues on the Annex on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities, Wealth Sharing and the Sajahatra Bangsamoro, the economic program that will provide basic social benefits to conflict-areas in Southern Philippines had been put in place.

Christmas ceasefire in Philippines begins

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III on Saturday directed the armed forces to suspend all military operations against enemies of the state.

Aquino made the announcement a few hours after he approved the unilateral declaration of a nationwide Christmas ceasefire that began at 12:01 a.m. of December 21, 2013, and to end at 11:59 p.m. of January 15, 2014.

“By this declaration, the Armed Forces of the Philippines is directed to suspend all offensive military operations for the entire duration of the Christmas ceasefire. Our Security forces will maintain their defensive readiness in the protection of our people,” the President said.