New Philippine Peace Adviser to focus on governance, economy to end insurgency

16:06, July 01, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The new leadership of the Philippine Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will focus on four tracks in handling the peace negotiations with the different insurgent groups in the country as it hopes to come up with a final settlement with them within six years, a senior government official said Thursday.

Newly-appointed Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said the four tracks include development of basic services, economic development and reconstruction, security sector reform and good governance.

"I firmly believe that if you do that and do serious and sincere negotiations with the armed groups, there should be no reason for the armed conflict to continue," Deles said in an interview with reporters.

With that, she hopes that within six years of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, an office like OPAPP, will no longer be needed.

"I don't want to put deadline for an agreement. But what I am saying is six years of this kind of governance should be able to bring us peace," Deles said.

Deles said there is already a shortlist of those people who will compose the negotiating panel for the communist National Democratic Front, the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Aside from the two groups, the government continues talks with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for the full implementation of the peace agreement, which was signed in 1996. The pact with the MNLF paved the way for the creation of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows strong wind blows trees in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Typhoon Nesat heads towards south China and is moving at an average wind speed of 20 km per hour toward the west coast of China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)
  • A fallen tree is seen on a road in Qionghai, south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 29, 2011. Typhoon Nesat was predicted to land in Hainan later Thursday, bringing heavy rainfalls to the island. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)
  • A man visits "Thy Word Is Truth, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China", during its opening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC, capital of the United States, Sept. 28, 2011. Through the Bible's various Chinese versions, ancient or modern, as well as pictures, paintings, calligraphy, art works and historical documents, the exhibition was expected to give an overall understanding of how Bible was brought into China, how it was translated, published, distributed and loved. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
  • A visitor passes by in the exhibition of Istanbul design week on Sept. 28, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul design week will be hosting designers and design exhibitions from around the world in Istanbul from Sept 28 to Oct 2 with the participation of 25 countries. (Xinhua/Ma yan)
  • Red flag flies at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 28, 2011. A spokesperson with China's manned space program said Wednesday that fuel has been injected into the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket in preparation for launching the Tiangong-1 space module Thursday evening as planned. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)
  • A militant loyal to the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) waves in a tank near Bani Walid, one of the pro-Muammar Gaddafi strongholds, on Sept. 28, 2011. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
Hot Forum Discussion