PBCLlauds appointment of Ferrer as new GPH peace panel chair

December 7, 2012 11:18 pm 

COTABATO CITY, Dec. 7 –- With great pride and honor, the Philippine Campaign to Ban Landmines (PCBL) hailed the appointment of one of its founders and former coordinators, Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer as the new chair of the government peace panel talking peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

President Aquino has appointed Ferrer, a member of the GPH peace panel, as the new government peace panel chair replacing newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen on Friday.

Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidenti Aquino's peace adviser also lauded Ferrer's appointment saying “it signifies continuity and harmony in the peace talks, which is crucial towards the completion of the comprehensive agreement this December,” she said.

Alfredo Ferrariz Lubang, PCBL national coordinator, said Ferrer was the logical choice to take the place of Leonen being his mainstay since the formation of his panel in mid-2010 under the then newly installed President Aquino.

“It was very important for continuity and momentum on the GPH side. It is of course, as has been much noted, also another significant boost for the distinct salutary role of able and fine women in the peace negotiations,” Lubang said.

According to Lubang, this was not the first time that Ferrer has sit across the table with MILF peace negotiators.

"When Ferrer was PCBL Coordinator as well as Co-Chair of the Non-State Actor Working Group of the global movement against landmines, she assisted an international mission facilitated by PCBL in 2002 which directly and successfully engaged the MILF leadership to commit in writing to adhere to a total ban on anti-personnel landmines and for cooperation in mine action on the ground," the PCBL national coordinator said.

“It is her civil society peace advocacy work, as well as her academic research, writing and teaching on the peace process, both on the Moro and Communist fronts, over many years that made her the most eminently qualified GPH peace panel chair,” Lubang added.(PNA)



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