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Goodwill, sincerity will move GPH-CPP/NPA/NDF peace process forward
Posted on Friday, Aug 2nd, 2013
Manila – Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel chair Alexander Padilla said recently that “sincerity and goodwill” will move the 21-year peace process with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) forward.
“Sincerity and goodwill on both sides have brought Muslim Mindanao closer to a regime of peace and prosperity that it desires and deserves,” he said in a statement referring to the recent breakthroughs in the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “This is what awaits the rest of the country should a peace agreement be reached between the government and the CPP/NPA/NDF,” Padilla added.
The chief negotiator cited President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) speech last Monday in which the latter “clearly spelled out what he is ready to give and what he expects of the peace negotiations.”
“Both sides must be ready to listen, to compromise, to reach a meeting of the minds. We know, too, the consequences of impatience and haste,” Padilla quoted the President.
Padilla quoted the President further on the peace pact with the MILF, “Every word we utter must result in an action that would benefit all. Every line that we craft in the agreement we are forging must be set in stone and not be merely written on water, only to be forgotten by history. My father raised me to be true to my word, and I can tell our brothers and sisters of the Bangsamoro: Whatever agreements we come to will be fulfilled by the national government.”
“This is a president who will deliver,” Padilla said.
He also said that right from the start, the President has been sincere in his desire to implement reforms. According to the President, the Department of Agrarian Reform has completed the list of qualified beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita and the process of determining the beneficiaries’ lots has begun. The turnover of land will commence in September this year.
President Aquino likewise reported positive numbers in agriculture, health and education.
The Philippines is on track to becoming self-sufficient in rice, with 187,00 metric tons as reserve buffer stock in case of calamities. The country has also began exporting premium quality rice.
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage has risen from 62 to 81 percent, while the employment rate of TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) and DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) scholars f has also increased from 28.5 percent to 70.9 percent in IT-related jobs, and 85 percent in electronics and semiconductors.
Padilla said these are just some illustrations of the Aquino administration’s whole-of-government approach to pursue peace and development in the country.
He assured that the same commitment, as evidenced by the progress made in these areas and in the GPH-MILF talks, will be manifested in the peace process between the GPH and the CPP/NPA/NDF.
“It was with openness, sincerity and goodwill that the President invited the CNN to negotiate peace with his government to end the armed violence. It is with openness, sincerity and goodwill that he will deal with them in bringing peace to our land that has been torn apart by conflict,” said Padilla. #
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