Sunday, October 23, 2011

Drilon to PNoy: Peace process in Mindanao needed

MANILA, October 24, 2011-Senator Franklin Drilon manifested support to President Aquino III’s move to reject calls for an all-out-war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), saying a peaceful solution to the conflict is the long standing answer to ensure peace in Mindanao.

“Peace process in Mindanao is needed,” Drilon said, saying that he fully supports PNoy’s decision to thumb down proposals to scrap the peace process and wage an all-out-war against the MILF despite the soldiers killed in action in Basilan.

“The government must exhaust all means to pursue peace process with the MILF. I urged the public to support the President in his decision to continue with the peace process,” Drilon said.

President Aquino has earlier ordered the military that there would be no offensive operation against those involved in the killings of 19 soldiers in Al Barka, Basilan.

Drilon believed that Mr. Aquino will exercise strong political will in pursuing a lasting peace in the region.

Drilon calls to support the President in this undertaking as he believes that in time, the government will succeed in our efforts to attain peace. “The path to a lasting peace is a treacherous but achievable if all government efforts are focused on it,” Drilon added. (Jason de Asis)




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