GPH, MILF to sign comprehensive peace pact on March 27

COTABATO CITY, March 14 (PNA) — Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles on Friday confirmed that the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will be signed on March 27.

“After 17 long years of arduous negotiations, we are finally arriving at a political settlement that will seal enduring peace and progress in Mindanao,” said Deles.

“The signing of the CAB is expected to benefit not only the Bangsamoro but the entire country, and will radiate beyond our borders to the regional community, and perhaps the whole world,” she added.

Deles related that preparations for the event are currently underway. “This is an event that requires careful planning and considerations especially in terms of the venue, etc. We will be sending out invitations soon,” she said.

On Tuesday, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, announced during his testimonial dinner that he was was invited to the signing event by no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Quevedo, Mindanao’s first Cardinal and now fondly dubbed as “Cardinal Peace,” celebrated that day his 75th birthday and other milestones including the consistory of his cardinalate, for which the President flew in to Cotabato City and attended the thanksgiving mass officiated by the former. (PNA)