PCID hails 'Noynoy' intention to appoint Deles as peace process adviser

May 31, 2010 1:38 pm 

MANILA, May 31 — The Philippine Council For Islam and Democracy (PCID) has lauded the intention of president-elect Sen. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III to appoint Teresita "Ding" Deles as the new presidential peace adviser.

Deles, who also served as peace adviser to the outgoing regime, has vast experience in peacemaking and peace building, the group claimed.

PCID also said that the former is the pest person to point the new administration in the right path towards achieving a genuine and just peace in Mindanao.

The group is also hopeful that Deles will continue to uphold her visions for peace that she articulated in previous occasions, including, among others:

The primacy of peace talks over "all-out war" strategy, ensuring civil society participation in the peace process, addressing loose firearms and putting an end to the culture of impunity in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARRM),rejecting the conflation of Muslim with the war on terror, and upholding human rights in Muslim communities

"We appreciate the fact that the incoming administration has hit the ground running on the peace process with the early selection of its peace adviser. Peace, as we have stated in the past, cannot be hostaged to petty political intramurals," PCID further said.

"We wish Secretary Deles all the luck in her return as peace adviser, and we offer our support and help in building a just and peaceful nation for our children," the group concluded. (PNA)

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