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 Mindanao peace process gets boost after the United Nations expressed support for Mindanao peace initiative
 

The Palace welcomed the statement of the United Nations extending support to the country's quest for Mindanao peace, which has been threatened by the bloody encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last week.

"Malugod na tinatanggap ng pamahalaan ang pagpapahayag ng suporta ng United Nations (UN) sa patuloy na pagtataguyod at pagsulong sa prosesong pangkapayapaan ng pamahalaan," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a radio interview Sunday.

"Malaki ang maiaambag na tulong mula sa UN peace building fund upang tustusan ang iba’t ibang gawain at programa patungkol sa prosesong pangkapayapaan," he told dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan.

Also last week, the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed in Malaysia the decommissioning of firearms by the rebel group.

The decommissioning of arms by the MILF will be done in a gradual and phased process, Coloma said.

Four batches of armed MILF combatants will undergo processing in six to 12 processing areas that will be done by an Independent Decommissioning Body.

Ambassador Hayder Berk of Turkey will head the decommissioning body, and he will be joined by other representatives from Japan, United Kingdom, as well as from the Philippines.

"Ang mga nakalap na armas ay ilalagak sa isang ligtas na sisidlan sa isang guwardyadong imbakan hanggang sa ang mga ito ay hindi na magagamit pa," Coloma explained.

The four-phased decommissioning process will start through a ceremonial turnover of 75 high-powered weapons. And once the Bangsamoro Basic Law is ratified, it is expected that 30 percent of MILF combatants including their firearms are decommissioned.

After that, 35 percent will be decommissioned in the third phase of the decommissiong process, Coloma said. The remaining weapons and combatants will be decommissioned in the fourth phase.. 
 (full story: 02.01.15)

 
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