Press Release
February 11, 2013

Legarda: PNoy's visit to MILF camp, another milestone in peace process

Senator Loren Legarda today hailed the visit of President Benigno Aquino III to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's main camp as another milestone in the peace process.

"I support the government in its programs for the Bangsamoro people. It is a good sign that even before a formal peace agreement is signed between the government and the MILF, the administration of President Aquino has already started providing the much-needed basic services for the people of Mindanao," Legarda said.

President Aquino visited the MILF main camp today to distribute Philhealth cards, and launch various services on education, social welfare and technical skills training.

"I am hopeful that this significant step taken by the government will gain the trust and faith of the Bangsamoro people and of the whole nation that the peace process is really underway, because ink on parchment alone cannot solve the problem. Any peace agreement will not be successful without an economic package. And it's not enough that resources are made available. Resources must be translated into jobs, livelihoods, food, education, healthcare, and welfare for the Bangsamoro people," Legarda concluded.

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