Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles reiterated on Friday that the government will not be the one to throw in the towel in the peace negotiations.
“Government is determined not to be the one to leave the table. Government is committed to continue to look for ways to move the process forward one way or another,” she said during her speech after receiving the 2011 Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair for Public Service and Governance Award at the Escaler Hall of the Science Education Complex in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.
Also present were Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Etta Rosales, Government Peace Panel members Miriam Coronel Ferrer and Jurgette Honculada; Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña, Metrobank Foundation Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña, Pax Christi Pilipinas Director Cesar Villanueva, and members of the academe.
Deles, who delivered updates on the peace talks with various groups and shared her reflections on the peace process, related that the government is currently negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for a peace agreement, and engaging in conversations with the Moro National Liberation Front, Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army and Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas-Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade for putting closure to the peace processes.