Steady public support, government’s ‘biggest gain’ on peace process

The biggest gain the Duterte administration achieved on the pursuit of peace has been the steady support of the public, Presidential Peace Adviser, Secretary Jesus Dureza said in his message during the recent 2018 National Peace Consciousness Month celebration held in Quezon City.

The 2018 Peace Month is lined with activities to generate awareness and appreciation of the comprehensive peace process.

“The biggest gain that we had is what? Engaging the bad guys and getting them on board? No. The biggest gain we have is that we have the attention and the support of the ordinary people, that is very important,” Secretary Dureza said.

Signing several deals and laws would be useless without public support and participation in the government’s efforts towards peace, Dureza said.

“We can sign many agreements with all the groups, pass a law even, but if you do not get the support of the public, if you do not see the value of their support, nothing is going to happen,” Dureza said.

“Working for peace is a never-ending work,” Dureza stressed. In this regard, he called for a unified action towards this goal regardless of ideology, religion, and culture.

Dureza noted the passage of the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) seeks to address historical injustices committed against the Bangsamoro people and allow them self-governance.

Dureza said though some would say this was not totally what was agreed upon, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) themselves agreed to give this a “chance to work.”

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