Monday, December 9, 2013
STATEMENT OF SENATE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN M. DRILON ON THE SIGNING OF THE POWER-SHARING ANNEX BETWEEN THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AND THE MILF
MANILA-Peace is the perfect gift to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao this season. I laud the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for their efforts to make peace and harmony and prosperity – elusive for so many generations – become a reality in our lifetime.
The signing of the power-sharing annex is an affirmation of how substantive discussions based on genuine desire for peace, justice and equality for both sides can overcome even the most difficult and polarizing of obstacles.
The Senate fully supports the completion of all endeavors towards the completion of the peace process in Mindanao, and with these recent successes, remains hopeful to finally be able to end the conflicts which have delayed economic and human developments in the region.
We look forward to seeing and finally scrutinizing the proposed law that will institute the necessary reforms called for in the Agreement. Absolutely, the passage of the Bangsamoro basic law will be given utmost priority in the Senate next year.
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