Duterte OKs peace roadmap with rebel groups

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2016 12:16 AM

MANILA – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a new "Roadmap to Peace" that will address issues with various rebel groups.

"(The roadmap) will cover our engagements with the Bangsamoro and the CPP-NPA-NDF, and then, of course, our effort to do closure to the agreements with the other rebel groups like the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army and the RBB," Dureza said.

The peace roadmap presented by Dureza was adopted by the President in a meeting held late Monday.

"We are now in the process of implementing the peace agreements that have been signed, first, in 1996 with the Moro National Liberation Front of Nur Misuari; then, we have the recent CAB or the Comprehensive Agreement for the Bangsamoro with the MILF; and, of course, we have also to deal with the governance unit called the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao covered by Republic Act 9054. Perhaps we can put also in the same level the concerns of the IPs or the Lumad as covered by the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act," Dureza added.

Also present in the said meeting were incoming Congress leaders Senator Koko Pimentel and Representative Pantaleon Alvarez.

Dureza said the peace roadmap will pick up the pieces that were left off from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

"We are going to pick up the pieces which were left off from the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro," Dureza said. "We will now recompose under the roadmap as approved by the President the membership of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission."

Dureza also said that the peace roadmap will pave the way for a federal government.

"When we start implementing these agreements as committed by President Duterte, it is to be done simultaneously with the effort to install a federal system of government," he said. - With reports from Jasmin Romero and Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News