THE Philippine Ambassadors’ Foundation Inc. (Pafi) on Thursday urged the government to regain “leadership and ownership” of the peace process as they appealed to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to exercise due prudence and sensitivity in view of implications of unfolding events to the country’s peace, integrity and prosperity.
Pafi is a non-stock and non-profit association of retired and active ambassadors.
In a statement, Pafi said it strongly supports continued good faith in peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), adding that vigorous efforts must be made to attain lasting peace and sustained development in Mindanao.
The group urged the Senate and the House of Representatives to continue their consultations with all stakeholders that should include drawing lessons from the 2001 Expanded Organic Act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
“Congress has the paramount duty to ensure that any revised organic law for the region in Muslim Mindanao is in accordance with the Philippine Constitution and will lead to genuine peace and prosperity for the entire nation,” Pafi said.
The group cautioned that enhanced autonomy is only devolution of power and does not allow partition of Philippine territory.
“The Mamasapano tragedy underscores the urgent need for confidence-building measures, including by the MILF, to gain the trust of the Filipino people in the peace process,” Pafi said.