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