Press Release
March 3, 2013


The administration coalition Team PNoy on Friday/March 1 welcomed the signing of the first of four annexes on the framework agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the Bangsamoro region.

Team PNoy candidate reelectionist Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said the signing is a testament to President Aquino's resolve to end the armed conflict in Mindanao through negotiations.

"We are glad that the peace talks are moving forward and peace is within reach," Pimentel said. "Mindanao's socio-economic development is an integral part of Team PNoy's platform.

The signing of the annex Thursday came after the 36th round of formal exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur from Feb. 25-27.

In Team PNoy's visit to Mindanao recently, Pimentel said the administration coalition emphasized the Bangsamoro peace process that is a pillar of President Aquino's reform agenda.

"The primary issue in Mindanao is the peace process. Mindanao is the only area in Asia where seccessionist movement is still taking place," he said. "We are at the threshold of genuinely ending it in a peaceful manner. But it is all anchored on the single message, that is, tuwid na daan."

Pimentel, PDP Laban President, is upbeat that the President's track record has gained the trust of Mindanao -- something that may not have been the case in 2010 -- and stressed that only the President could lead such a feat.

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