Philippine President swears in three members of peace panel with MILF

16:51, August 03, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III swore into office Tuesday three members of the government peace panel with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front ( MILF).

Marvic Leonen, dean of the University of the Philippines' College of Law, was named chairman of the government peace panel with the MILF. The other two members are Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Senen Bacani.

Ferrer is a political science professor at the University of the Philippines. She is also the lead convener of the citizens' network called Sulong CARHRIHL, which promotes observance of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law forged between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front.

Bacani served as Agriculture Secretary during the presidency of late President Corazon Aquino. He is the chairman and president of La Frutera Inc., a banana export firm based in Maguindanao. La Frutera employs Muslim rebel returnees and helps promote peace and economic development in southern Philippines.

The President is yet to name the two other members of the government peace panel with the MILF.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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