MANILA - Malacanang reiterated the government is not lobbying for President Benigno Aquino III’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, but added it would be most welcome if this were true.
Asked if Aquino is deserving of a nomination, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said, “Yes, if you ask me… It would be an honor for the Philippines if we’ll have President Aquino nominated. It is in the eyes of the international community a big milestone for the promotion and propagation of peace.”
He noted Aquino played a big part in the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
People then had questioned why Aquino would go down to the level of rebel leaders and even secretly meet them in Japan, he said.
Those relevant incidents pushed the discussion forward, he said.
“People were in disbelief why President Aquino would do such a thing… It pushed the discussions forward, it pushed the negotiations forward. And we see the various annexes, the framework agreement signed… We now see a hope for Muslim Mindanao -- that finally there will be an institution that will help solve the peace problem in Mindanao and improve the economic situation in the country,” he said.
He said it is also possible there are some quarters who want the nomination for Aquino especially after the CAB was signed.
“It is not by our insistence or through our prodding that he has been nominated, that there are plans to nominate him. But again, we are not in the know on who are lobbying or promoting President Aquino for the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said.