Bongbong meets with MILF spokesman, explores peace prospects in South

MILFRep. Bongbong Marcos held informal closed-door talks with MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu earlier today to explore ways of removing political roadblocks to the peace process and ending the conflict in Mindanao and Sulu.

The talks were brokered by Compostela Governor Arthur Uy and held in Davao City.

“Peace is what is needed in Mindanao,” Marcos said after the meeting. “It cannot be denied that violence has hindered the progress in this part of the country. In my opinion, peace can only be made a reality by genuinely seeking it. Politics has no place in the negotiation table.”

He said that he met with Kabalu to discuss the current state of peace negotiations in Mindanao and ways to move forward together.

“I believe that Bongbong will be a good leader just like his father,” Kabalu said. “I can see that he is different from the other politicians whom we have talked with in the past. We are encouraged by his vision of how to secure lasting peace in Mindanao.”

The two declined to disclose details of their discussions.

On Friday, the young solon met with former New People’s Army (NPA) regional commander Bando Bandos a.k.a. Kumander Kalbo. Bandos was a 25-year veteran of the insurgency before becoming a rebel returnee. He is still considered an influential figure in his former territories and has helped the government start talks with the NPA.

He also attended the proclamation of support for his candidacy by the Kababayan Riders Association for New Cultural Harmony and Order (KARANCHO), a Davao-based socio-civic organization which reportedly has a large nationwide membership.

Bongbong and NP presidential bet Senator Manny Villar were formally endorsed by the group in their first-ever Chairmen’s Convention held at the Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) Gym in Davao City.

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