Media Advisory: OPAPP to update media on peace process with MILF, NDF Wednesday

November 8, 2011 11:14 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 8 — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will hold a press conference on Wednesday to update the media on the status of the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) and the communist National Democratic Front (NDF).

The briefing will be held at the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City.

An OPAPP press advisory said OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles, Marvic Leonen, chair of the government peace panel negotiating with the MILF, and Alexander Padilla, head of the government peace panel that is talking with the NDF, will brief the media and clarify issues on the ongoing peace process.

“Media attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions to the resource persons and engage in a candid discussion on the peace process,” the OPAPP advisory said.

Leonen is expected to dwell on the recent informal talks the government panel had with the MILF in Kuala Lumpur in the aftermath of the Al-Barka, Basilan attack that resulted in the killing of 19 Special Forces and the wounding of 14 others last Oct. 18.

On the other hand, Padilla is also expected to brief members of the press on when the talks with the NDF will resume, considering that the NDF has imposed a precondition for the government to first release NDF consultants detained by the military before the next negotiation will proceed.

Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office will be the moderator during the press conference. Other members of the peace panels will also attend the briefing. (PNA)

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