MANILA, Philippines – A political science professor of the University of the Philippines has been named the new chairperson of the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Friday.
“We are pleased to announce that President Aquino has appointed Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer as the new Chairman and chief negotiator of the GPH peace panel vice Dean and now Justice Marvic Leonen,” Lacierda said in a text message.
Ferrer, an adviser of the government peace panel's technical working group, will be replacing Leonen, who was recently appointed by President Aquino as associate justice to the Supreme Court.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos said Ferrer's appointment signifies continuity and harmony in the peace talks, which is crucial towards the completion of the comprehensive agreement this December."
"Her appointment as panel chair is well-deserved given her competence and credentials as a peace negotiator," Deles stressed. "She has been with the Panel since 2010 and serves as adviser of the technical working groups on power-sharing and normalization."
Ferrer is a "staunch advocate of human rights and an expert in conflict resolution and justice. She served as the director of the Programme on Peace, Democratization and Human Rights and also the deputy director and subsequently, the director of the UP Third World Studies Center at the University of the Philippines."
Ferrer was involved in the global campaign to ban landmines, which won the Nobel Peace Prize. She co-founded the Philippine campaign in 1995 and joined international fact-finding missions investigating violence in Cambodia and human rights violations in East Timor and Nepal.