Abstract / Excerpt:
It is my privilege to have been appointed by the President as the Philippine Government's Chief Negotiator in these talks. If it had been possible, I am sure that it would have been in the best interest of out country and of everyone concerned for Secretary Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel and Mr. Agapito "Butz" Aquino to carry on. They have contributed immeasurable to the peace which we enjoy today in Mindanao. More importantly, they havehelped nurture the mutual trust between the Government and the MNLF which is the basis of our talks today.
They did their job splendidly. But they have been called upon to carry the banners of the Administration in the forth coming senatorial election, and someone has to carry on. As I assume this grave responsibility, I wish to congratulate them for having served the country and the cause of peace and understanding so well. Also, I wish to thank them for having agreed to continue serving as advisers to the Government Panel.
|Source Institution||Peace and DEvelopment Panel for the Mindanao and the Cordilleras|
|Authors||Ambassador Emmanuel N. Pelaez|
|Place of Publication||Davao City|
|Original Publication Date|
Download the PDF file .