Peace groups present their Mindanao agenda

Peace organizations frustrated by the ongoing conflict in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao have tabled their own proposals to help end the insurgency.

The proposals include the formation of a peace commission and the drafting of a national peace policy.

Mindanao peace organizations have listed 15 proposals under a so-called Mindanao People’s Peace Agenda to achieve a lasting peace in the region, said Claretian Father Angel Calvo of Peace Advocates-Zamboanga.

“This is not meant to unilaterally solve the armed conflict in Mindanao. Like any other framework, it is designed as a guide for the government, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] and all other participants in the peace process,” Father Calvo said.

Included in the agenda is recognizing the right to self-determination “not only for Filipino Muslims, but also for the different tribal groups,” said Father Calvo, whose other organization, the Mindanao Peace Weavers, drew up the agenda.

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