The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has asserted a “better-positioned” peace table for the incoming administration once they assume office next month.
OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles aired this during the May 29-30 special meeting in
of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front
(MILF) peace panels. Kuala
Deles said that while there remains unfinished business that they needed to pass on to the incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, what they would turn over, however, was a better-positioned peace table, which is built on the gains of the Aquino government over the past six years.
“What made the difference that we were able to achieve so much was President Aquino’s unwavering commitment to the process. It gained the trust of our partners in this peace table that got us through several stumbling blocks and challenges. And it is our hope that the same will continue on in the next Administration.” said Deles.
Deles also noted that she has met with incoming Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza to discuss turnover and transition matters, which included the Bangsamoro peace process, among others.
“Sec Jess and I agreed that together with our teams, we will be working to ensure that there will be a seamless transition.” Deles said.
For his part, Dureza vowed to continue the momentum of the Bangsamoro peace process.
“We intend to continue with the gains and build on those already done and achieved. The roadmap that we will traverse hereon will take policy guidance and direction from the new President when he assumes office on June 30, 2016,” Dureza said in a statement which was read during the special meeting.
According to GPH chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, President Aquino has already formed a transition committee via an executive order to “coordinate with the lieutenants of the incoming president” and that “there have been instructions going on at different levels with the different agencies concerned including the OPAPP”.