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    Historic day for Filipino people

    THE long wait is over! A few hours from now, a peace deal will close one of the deadliest and longest-running armed conflicts in this part of Asia that killed thousands of people for the last four decades.
    The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) will be signed in Manila this Thursday afternoon between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government.
    Called a “historic day” for the entire nation who has been longing for tranquility and harmony, government chief peace negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer stressed that the CAB signing will benefit not only Filipinos after 17 years of hard negotiations.
    “The sealing of the comprehensive agreement is important not only for the Bangsamoro, the people of Mindanao and all other Filipino citizens who have all to gain as one country pursuing its unfinished task of nation-building,” Ferrer said.
    She added: “It is also our global contribution to the pursuit of peace in our immediate neighborhood, the Southeast Asian region, and the rest of the world.”
    “Many other countries continue to face similar troubles. Our experience, our mechanisms, our approaches have become a rich source of inspiration to these countries that remain challenged by their respective domestic conflicts,” she further said.
    Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles said the CAB “is going to be a major contribution for the peace and development of the entire country.”
    “Our call really is to let the Bangsamoro have their chance for peaceful lives where there can be sustainable development,” Deles said.
    The five-page document will be signed in Malacañang by the government and MILF panel members in the presence of more than 1,000 guests from various sectors of society.
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