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Philippine gov't vows to crush forces derailing peace
Publication Date : 27-03-2014
There is no stopping the “peace train” in the Philippines.
Philippine Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma on Thursday assured the public that any “spoiler” to the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be dealt with accordingly.
"All those creating confusion and terrorizing our people will face the Armed Forces and the national police as we implement with full determination all the provisions of the comprehensive agreement," he said in a press briefing.
Coloma gave the statement amid fears that the Nur Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) or the splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters will attempt to derail the peace process.
"While the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which will implement the peace agreement, is being drafted, we will launch initiatives to build the foundation for long-term peace," he said.
However, Coloma said the government would instead want to focus on the celebration of the historic event.
The Philippine government and the MILF will sign the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro on Thursday.
However, government peace panel head Miriam Coronel Ferrer said the inking of the final peace accord was only a “station stop in this difficult but rewarding journey to build peace, development, and meaningful autonomy for the Bangsamoro and the other people in the parts of Mindanao.”