Peace coalition defends Deles vs. Congress’ resignation demand PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:59

The coalition of peace-building non-government organizations Mindanao Peace Weavers (MPW)  has thrown its support behind Peace Secretary Teresita “Ging” Deles in the face of Congressional resolution demanding her  resignation as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

“The Mindanao Peaceweavers reaffirms its support for President Adviser Teresita “Ging” Deles amidst calls for her resignation by some legislators who are unfortunately led by members of Congress from Mindanao”, the statement said.

The Lower House passed the resolution last Saturday, October 16 after Lanao del Norte Representative Fatima Aliah Dimaporo complained to her peers from Mindanao that Sec. Deles hurled at her allegedly insulting remarks  when the lady legislator in an informal conversation at the House asked Deles about the peace negotiations during the budget hearing for the Office for the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) earlier that week.   Her complaint snowballed into a move among Mindanao congressmen led by those from Muslim districts towards the eventual adoption of the resolution.

“We note with regret this act of Congress as this does not bode well for the government as well as for the peace talks with the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front ) which is set to resume in November”, the MPW statement further said.

“We have had the opportunity to meet with Secretary Deles on a few occasions since she assumed office and laud her continuing efforts at promoting and ensuring civil society’s participation in the peace process and in establishing a consultative mechanism to ensure it”, the statement pointed out, adding that “we call on President Noynoy Aquino to stand by Sec. Ging Deles and preserve the integrity of her office against the political maneuverings of some legislators”.

Malacanang has subsequently issued a statement saying that the President intends to retain Deles in her position in contradiction to the legislators’ clamor.

Sec. Deles and the new government panel are currently in the thick of preparations for the resumption of peace talks with the MILF earmarked for November. -- Press Release/Peace Advocates Zamboanga