Mindanao group urges creation of national peace commission

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Peace advocates in Mindanao are urging incoming President Benigno Aquino III to create a national peace commission and a national peace policy to address the recurring problem of peace and order on the island.

Father Angel Calvo, lead convenor of the Mindanao PeaceWeavers, said the creation of a peace commission and the drafting of a peace policy would uncover and address the root cause of the Mindanao conflict.

But Calvo told reporters after the launching of the Mindanao Peoples Peace Agenda (MPPA) here Thursday that the peace commission should be “independent in nature and does not depend on the President alone but the country as a whole.”

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