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    Philippines closer to achieving peace

    PEACE is the perfect gift to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao (Southern Philippines) this season, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Monday.
    Drilon was referring to the signing by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of the annex on power sharing last Sunday night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    “I laud the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,” he said, adding that the signing of the annex is an affirmation of how discussions based on desire for peace, justice and equality for both sides can overcome even the most difficult and polarizing of obstacles.
    This annex, which will comprise the comprehensive agreement both by the government and the MILF, is one of four in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by the two sides in October 2012.
    Drilon said the Senate fully supports the completion of all attempts to the completion of the peace process in Mindanao.
    He said the skirmishes between government forces and the MILF rebels for more than two decades have delayed economic and human developments in the region.
    “Absolutely, the passage of the Bangsamoro basic law will be given utmost priority in the Senate next year,” Drilon said.
    Sen. Teofisto Guingona III also expressed appreciation for the annex, saying that despite the sensitivity of the issues, both panels were able to come up with a resolution that will bring the country closer to achieving lasting peace in the region.
    “With only one more Annex left to be passed by the panels, I look forward to sponsoring the Bangsamoro Basic Law in the Senate,” Guingona said.
    The Bangsamoro state will replace Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) headed by former governor Nur Misuari, founder of the Moro National Liberation Front.

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