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Despite clash with breakaway group, Palace hopeful there will be no serious disruption of peace process

Posted On 2014 Jan 30
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President Benigno Aquino III

President Benigno Aquino III

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Despite recent reported clash between government troops and breakaway secessionist rebels, Malacañang on Tuesday voiced hopes there will be no serious disruption of the peace process.

Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said last weekend’s clash as part of efforts to secure the Moro Islamic Liberation Front communities from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

“Government is hopeful that with the support of the citizenry there will be no serious disruption of the peace process as it moves towards full fruition,” Coloma said at a media briefing.

Last Saturday, the Philippine government and the MILF signed the last of four annexes that would pave the way for a comprehensive peace agreement.

Coloma also cited online news reports last weekend quoting a BIFF spokesperson as saying the splinter group will not sabotage the peace process.

Meanwhile, Coloma reiterated the government remains open to inputs from other groups such as the Moro National Liberation Front for a draft bill on the Bangsamoro basic law.

“Ang pananaw ng pamahalaan, gusto pa rin maging kasali lahat na may taya sa prosesong ito (Our government wants the peace process to be inclusive),” he said. (MNS)

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