PRESIDENTIAL Peace Adviser Teresita Quintos-Deles urged the electorate to consider a presidential candidate’s stance on the peace process with Muslim secessionists and local communists before voting on May 9.
“I hope you will greatly consider the stance, or the lack thereof, of the candidates on the peace process. There are no shortcuts to peace),” Deles said during a gathering of peace stakeholders.
She explained that it is important that voters should know the stand of their candidates on peace.
“We all worked hard to put the peace process where it is now in the last six years. We are not done yet. We still have so much to do but certainly we are in a much better place than when we found it,” she stressed.
The official also reminded the public to assess the views of the candidates on the ongoing peace efforts, not only with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but also with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF).
“It is important to look at the views of the candidates and their commitment on these two major peace tables. I hope we ponder on who has the clear understanding of our gains in the process and who does not have an idea in it,” Deles said, adding the results of the elections will affect the peace negotiations.
She lamented the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), an offspring of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the MILF peace panels in March 2014.
“It cannot be completed under our term but the way forward is clear. The important thing that needs to be done first, however, is the passage of the BBL,” Deles said.