Pimentel says PGMA is in right direction to seek help of OIC

July 9, 2009 8:40 am 

MANILA, July 9 – Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. said on Thursday that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is in the right direction for seeking the help of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) on the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

”Any effort to bring in the moral support of the OIC is a step in the right direction,” Pimentel said in a media interview.

Pimentel, however, suggested that the government should also seek the help of Indonesia, one of the 10 neighbor countries in the Southeast Asian region.

”Among the Muslim countries, I would suggest that we seek the help of Indonesia. Indonesia has always been a friend of the Philippines in that respect,” Pimentel said.

”Even during the Marcos years, Indonesia has discouraged the smuggling of arms, for example, from their end to our part of the country. On the matter of encouraging the rebels to take up arms, Indonesia has always put down any OIC effort of that kind,” he added.

President Arroyo is reportedly set to talk with the OIC leaders during her trip in Egypt to attend the Non-Aligned Movement slated on July 15-16.

Pimentel also advised the government to assure the public that it is on top of the situation amid the recent spate of bombings that resulted in deaths and injuries in Mindanao.

”The government authorities should assure the public that it is on top of the situation and they are running after the culprits behind the deadly bombings,” Pimentel said. (PNA)

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