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Peace pact with MILF expected before year-end

Posted at | Updated as of 09/03/12 8:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) is confident that a peace pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will be signed within the year.

OPAPP spokesperson Polly Michelle Cunanan asked the public to support the peace process, which is already slowly but surely building up.

She noted the formal negotiations between the two parties in Malaysia last August where "both sides were moving forward towards the crafting of a possible agreement."

"Now is the time for Filipinos to participate and extend their all-out support for the government's resolve to bring a just and lasting solution to the decades-old armed conflicts in the country," she said.

"As Filipinos, we need to be united amidst diversity. This is the best time to take part in the peace process, study it and participate in achieving our goal of attaining peace," she added.

"An equitable, just and lasting peace cannot be attained in Mindanao without the support of all the stakeholders in the area."

Cunanan also credited President Benigno Aquino III for influencing the breakthroughs.

"We have a President who is truly committed to attaining peace. The Aquino government is hoping to sign an agreement with the MILF within the year," she said.