Press Release
July 15, 2013

Statement by Senator Franklin M. Drilon
on the signing of the wealth-sharing annex between the
Philippine government and the MILF

"I laud the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government for another breakthrough in the history of our country's long quest for lasting peace in Mindanao and putting an end to decades-long armed conflict in the region that hampered its growth and development."

"We've still got a long way to go before we achieve our goals, more annexes to discuss, but, with the unyielding efforts being shown by both sides and the tremendous support this undertaking has been receiving from the people, there is no doubt this agreement is bound to be a success."

"The institution of just and lasting peace in Mindanao is a key to a successful implementation of socio-economic programs and to addressing the high poverty incidence in the entire region."

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