Promise 49: Assume direct responsibility of Mindanao peace process
"I will assume direct responsibility for the revival of the peace process with the MILF.
I will reconstitute the peace panel with men and women of integrity who will directly report to me. There was a time when the peace process was doing well until the Arroyo Government began to use the peace negotiation as prop to political survival. I will see counsel from peace advocates like former OPAPP Secretary Deles, Peace Panel Head Afable and former Notre Dame University President, Fr. Mercado to put back on track the credibility needed in the peace process."
The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Mindanao
Promise 50: Consultative Mindanao peace process
Promise 51: Review and assess the Organic Act on Muslim Mindanao
Promise 52: Review of the GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement
Promise 53: Review and assess programs for rebel returnees
March 25, 2014: Weeks before Benigno Aquino III was elected president of the Philippines in 2010, the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) hosted a secret meeting with a high-ranking US embassy official and two American dignitaries. The impending national elections and the stalled peace talks in the southern Philippines dominated dinner conversation. Discussing the leading candidate for the presidency, one unimpressed rebel leader said the peace talks were "too complicated for Senator Aquino to understand". (Continue Reading)
April 26, 2012: Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles emphasized that the Decision Points on Principles reached by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will “pave the way for the eventual signing of a final peace agreement.” (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: The 27th formal exploratory talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began with high hopes as both parties identified preliminary decision points on principles that will serve as a framework for the eventual signing of a peace agreement. (Continue Reading)
March 22, 2012: Government peace panel chair Marvic Leonen said that despite difficulties, the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is moving forward. (Continue Reading)
February 14, 2012: As formal negotiations between the Governments of the Philippines (GPH) the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began its 25th round in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles underlined the need for stakeholders to support or “accompany” the peace process. (Continue Reading)
January 11, 2012: An official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front said President Aquino broke his word when he appointed Mujiv Hataman as the OIC Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. MILF Vice Chair for Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar said Hataman's appointment is a failure after the Palace earlier said it would not appoint a politician to the post of OIC Governor. Hataman is a former congressman. (Continue Reading)
July 25, 2011: The Peace Negotiating Panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the MILF formally resumed peace talks in 2011. During the 21st round of Exploratory Talks held on 27 to 28 April 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the GPH Panel affirmed its commitment to the agreement on security and immunity guarantees, which covers the members of the MILF Central Committee. (Continue Reading)
July 25, 2011: The GPH, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) conducted the 4th Session of their Tripartite Meeting on 22 to 23 February 2011 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Continue Reading)
Aquino says peace talks with MILF to include inputs from stakeholders (www.news.ops.gov.ph)
President Benigno S. Aquino III said the forthcoming formal peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will include inputs from all stakeholders who will hold a series of dialogues starting as early as this month of October.
The President bared this before multi-sectoral representatives during the Town Hall Meeting highlighting his 100 days in office at the La Consolacion College auditorium along Mendiola Street, Manila on Thursday morning.
Asked by Jainab Abdul Majib, a female civic coordinator in Sulu, on his programs to bring lasting and sustainable peace in Mindanao, the President said his peace advisers and the government negotiating panel were already given instructions to seek long lasting solutions to the peace problem in Mindanao. (Continue reading)
Peace process underway; two panels being set up
Office of the President Press Release, July 6, 2010
Malacañang today said moves are underway to compose two government negotiating panels that will move forward the stalled peace talks with the two rebel groups in the country – the communist National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) -- under the new directions set by President Benigno “P-Noy” S. Aquino III.
Presidential Spokesman Edward Lacierda said President Aquino met today with newly-named Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles in Malacañang to discuss the composition of the two panels and the new tack on the peace process.
In his June 30 inaugural speech the President vowed a sincere approach to the peace process: “My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflicts, inclusive of the interests of all – may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.”