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PGMA’s peace initiative in ARMM cited

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By Mai Gevera Davao City (31 July) — Of the numerous accomplishments reported by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her State of the Nation Address, business leaders in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) took PGMA’s suspension of military operations as the most favorable to liven up business activities in the area. Datu Haron Bandilla, Chair of [...]

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (31 July) — Of the numerous accomplishments reported by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her State of the Nation Address, business leaders in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) took PGMA’s suspension of military operations as the most favorable to liven up business activities in the area.

Datu Haron Bandilla, Chair of the ARMM Business Council, said in a press forum yesterday (July 29) that the said move is taken as a one of the highlights cited by the President in her SONA.

“We are already tired of this peace conflict and we take the President’s move as a signal for the business sector to move on and bring back the investors to our place,” Bandilla added.

It was in July 23 that PGMA issued a policy directive suspending the offensive military operations against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The said order was aimed to advance stability and peace in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. It also signaled the intensification of law enforcement measures as well as a sign that the resumption of peace talks is now achievable.

In the SONA of the President she stressed that there is now a good prospect for peace talks both with the Communist Party of the Philippines and the MILF.

“There is nothing more that I would wish for than peace in Mindanao. It will be a blessing for all its people, Muslim, Christian and indigenous peoples. It will show other religiously divided communities that there can be common ground on which to live together in peace, harmony and cooperation that respects each other’s religious beliefs,” she said.

The Suspension Order of Military Operations (SOMO) was issued by President Arroyo after receiving reports that a growing number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have suffered. The SOMO would then enable these IDPs to go back to their respective homes and continue living a peaceful life.

The government now expects a peaceful environment in ARMM as the SOMO requires the MILF to reciprocate the same action. This is to prepare ARMM for the resumption of peace talks soon. (PIA XI)


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