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30September

Netherlands ambassador visits MILF leadership in Camp Darapanan

Ambassador Marion Derckx of the Netherlands met with MILF Chairman Murad Ebrahim last October 1 at the latter’s administrative camp in Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao to explore possibilities of how the Dutch government can continue assisting in the GPH-MILF peace process. 

The lady envoy was given updates by Chairman Ebrahim who noted the delay in the issuance of a new executive order for the reconstitution of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission as agreed during the first meeting of the two Peace Implementing Panels in August of this year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

Both Chairman Ebrahim and MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal, who was also present during the Dutch envoy’s visit, believe the delay is attributable to the busy schedule of their counterparts in government.

But the two MILF officials trust that the administration’s intention for moving forward with the peace process is there, but is just affected by other priority programs.

Ambassador Derckx expressed worry over the situation, but said she is still hopeful things will get better. 

Netherlands embassy adviser Renee Grotenhuis brought out suggestions on how they can contribute to the peace process.

As always been the idea, people in the ground must feel the dividends of peace while engaging in the peace efforts. Along this line, Chairman Ebrahim mentioned about possible socio-economic programs that any supportive country can pitch in. 

The lengthy discussion geared more towards the development of the future Bangsamoro. 

In behalf of the MILF leadership and the Bangsamoro, Chairman Ebrahim conveyed gratitude to the Netherlands government for its support to the peace process. 

The ambassador was accompanied by Grotenhuis and staff Louise Castillo.

Also with Chairman Ebrahim in receiving the guests was the MILF Central Committee Secretariat head Muhammad Ameen.