MANILA, Philippines- Amid fresh attack of about 40 suspected MILF men under the command of Commander Bravo in Marawi police station and the hostaging of its police chief, Malacanang on Friday said it remained committed in pursuing peace in Mindanao.
“Buong-buo po ang determinasyon ng ating pamahalaan na ipagpatuloy at kumpletuhin iyang proseso na pangkapayapaan hinggil sa Bangsamoro. At ikinagagalak po natin iyong making progreso na natamo na, at katulad po ng ating chief negotiator, si Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, umaasa po tayo na matatapos po itong prosesong ito sa lalong madaling panahon,” said Presidential Communication secretary Sonny Coloma.
Coloma added that although the country has seen “disruptive actions by those apparently opposed to the peace process” the government is also “determined to use all its power to stop them from disrupting the peace process.”
“ Ang atin pong Sandatahang Lakas ay handang gawin ang nararapat; ginagawa po ng ating Sandatahang Lakas ang nararapat para pigilin po sila at hindi po natin sila papayagang magtagumpay.”
Asked if there is a need to augment intelligence gathering in the area, Coloma assured that government forces are on top of the situation in Mindanao.
“Makatitiyak po kayo na ginagawa ng AFP at maging ng PNP on the aspect of law—peace and order enforcement ang lahat ng nararapat kabilang na ang mahalagang aspeto ng intelligence work ang intelligence gathering, at lahat po ay ginagawa ng ating Sandatahang Lakas para pangalagaan ang kaligtasan at kaayusan sa ating mga komunidad.”
“We view these attempts to disrupt the peace process as acts of desperation and we are determined to stop these acts,” Coloma added.