The government assured Tuesday that earnest efforts have been ongoing on the release of political prisoners especially the ageing and ailing.
Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza however said that as the government wants to quickly do the releases, necessary legal processes take a while as cases are within the jurisdiction of the judiciary, an independent & co-equal branch.
“We understand their angst and impatience but we are all forgetting that these efforts were never possible nor even imaginable in the previous times. It is only in the Duterte administration that these releases are all happening,” Dureza said.
“We are appalled why some sectors are now even publicly attacking government for “not delivering enough” and for the perceived delay. Those mass actions and media attacks serve as good reminders for us in government that we need to do more. But putting undue public pressure on the government which has already taken unprecedented steps may not yield their intended results,” he added.
Dureza stressed that President Duterte has exercised bold political will to quickly resuscitate the peace process from where it was, which he does but mindful that there is a need to balance things taking into account the processes that must be observed and the whole citizenry that he must also engage and serve.
The government chief peace negotiator thus appealed to the public to be patient as “the President always says and does, this administration will walk the extra mile for peace. Yes, let’s all be in a hurry but let’s all keep the pace and be in step with him so we don’t stumble.” PNA