SWS: Majority of Filipinos hopeful GPH-MILF peace pact will be signed within President Aquino’s term

A January 25, 2013, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday reported that majority of Filipinos harbor high hopes that a peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be signed within the term of President Benigno Aquino III.


Government opens women and children’s peace center in Sulu

A January 23, 2013, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: A women and children’s peace center recently opened in Jolo, Sulu, as part of the local, regional, and national government’s continuing joint efforts to reach out to marginalized and conflict-affected communities in the south.


Opening statement of GPH Panel Chair on the 35th GPH-MILF Formal Exploratory Talks

Again and again we had to explain that this asymmetrical relationship vis-à-vis other government units and the parity of esteem that we agreed to uphold between the Central and Bangsamoro governments do not make the Bangsamoro separate from the rest of the country. The MILF, the Bangsamoro are Filipinos.


GPH Panel Chief: Framework Agreement guarantees equal protection for all.

A January 14, 2013, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: “There will be equal protection for all in the new political entity that will be called the Bangsamoro,” GPH negotiating panel chief Miriam Coronel Ferrer assured Catholic bishops, priests, Jesuit university presidents, and heads of peace centers in Mindanao.


Statement of the GPH Panel in talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF, January 2, 2013

It is unfortunate that the CPP/NPA/NDF is interested in looking for excuses to resume violence than it was to seek peace. In a statement issued by the CPP today upon recommendation of the Negotiating Panel of the NDFP, the CPP declared an end to its self-imposed ceasefire on January 2 and cited as an excuse the “failure of the GPH to comply with the agreement last December 17-18 to extend its own ceasefire order to January 15.”


PAMANA road project boosts access, livelihood in Sorsogon town

A December 21, 2012, press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, PAMANA: The memories of rainy months and what comes after it—residents trying to get their palay to the nearest town despite the rough road, and children struggling to keep their pants clean from the mud they are walking on—are still clear on the minds of the residents of Barangay San Isidro in Barcelona, Sorsogon.


GPH, NDF agree to nationwide ceasefire; continue talks under Special Track

A December 20, 2012 press release from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process: The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) agreed to a 27-day nationwide ceasefire, from December 20, 2012 to January 15, 2013. The bilateral declaration is the longest ceasefire between the two parties.