Duterte approves GPH, MILF’s ‘Peace Corridor’ » Manila Bulletin News

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

President Duterte has given the green light on the establishment of a “Peace Corridor” to hasten the rescue and humanitarian operations for civilians still trapped in the conflict zone in Marawi City.

This came after Duterte met with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and other MILF officials including Implementing Panel Chairman Mohair Iqbal, Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces Chief of Staff Sammy Al-Mansoor, and Bangsamoro Supreme Court Chief Khalifa Nando during a meeting in Davao City Monday.

President Rodrigo Duterte engages in a discussion with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and other MILF officials including Implementing Panel Chairman Mohair Iqbal, Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces Chief of Staff Sammy Al-Mansoor, and Bangsamoro Supreme Court Chief Khalifa Nando during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, during the second Mindanao Hour press briefing in Malacañang Wednesday morning, said the Peace Corridor will be spearheaded by the implementing panels of the Philippine Government (GPH) and the MILF.

Abella, citing Irene Santiago, chairperson of the Government’s Implementing Panel, said Duterte approved the idea of creating a Peace Corridor to ensure the safety of the civilians and the delivery of the needed humanitarian aid for the displaced persons in Marawi City.

Santiago was also designated by Duterte to oversee the humanitarian efforts for displaced civilians in Marawi City.

“The establishment of a ‘peace corridor’ was agreed following the meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, members of the Joint Implementing Panels, and top officials of the MILF on Monday here,” Abella cited Santiago.

“During the meeting, the MILF vowed to cooperate with government in securing the areas where these peace corridors will be established,” he added.

Members of the implementing panels will meet within the week to formalize the modalities and parameters of the peace corridor, Abella cited Santiago.

According to Santiago, the Peace Corridor is a secure space where humanitarian groups may evacuate wounded and trapped civilians and retrieve dead bodies for burial.

The Corridor is also a safe space for goods to reach hungry people in the rural areas whose access to Marawi’s markets have been cut off.

“Both the government and the MILF implementing panels are strongly committed to work as partners in finding creative ways to address the root causes of violent conflict in Mindanao at the soonest possible time, starting with the passage of the Bangsamoro enabling law,” Santiago said.

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