Philippine gov't assures completion of peace talk panel with MILF before Ramadan ends

15:21, August 12, 2010      

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The Philippine government assured Thursday that members of the peace panel with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be completed on or before Ramadan ends in time for the resumption of the peace talks.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, in a press briefing, said that there is no hesitancy on the part of the government to pursue the peace process with the Moro rebels.

"We want to assure the MILF that the government is sincere to pursue the peace process. Right after Ramadan, the talks will start, by that time, we will be able to complete the peace panel," he stressed.

Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, started on Aug. 11 in the Philippines and will end on Sept. 9.

Lacierda made the assurance following reports that Muslim guerrillas undertook combat trainings to bolster their capability in the event that the peace process with the Aquino administration fails.

The five-man government peace panel is yet to be completed. So far only three have been named, led by lawyer Marvic Leonen of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law. The two others include Miriam Coronel Ferrer, a UP political science professor, and Senen Bacani, former agriculture secretary during the presidency of late President Corazon Aquino.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said she hopes to complete the panel members in the next two weeks.

Source: Xinhua


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