Galvez supports peace efforts with MILF, MNLF

MANILA Newly-appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez strongly supports the government's peace initiatives with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

"As your Chief-of-Staff, I take this opportunity to reiterate our full support to peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front. We look forward to the final, peaceful, and equitable resolution of the conflict in Mindanao," he said during his assumption speech Wednesday.

In line with the government's ongoing peace initiatives with the MILF and MNLF, Galvez said the AFP would strengthen existing peace mechanisms and revitalize the Peace and Development Offices down to Unified Command level.

"We will do this to effectively address the grievances of the people of Mindanao and to set the conditions for a just and lasting peace," the newly-appointed AFP chief stressed.

Earlier, Galvez said that it is time to reconcile with "misguided Filipino brothers and sisters" and walk the path of peace.

"It is time for rebuilding and reconciliation amongst Filipinos. It is the best time to walk the path of peace. I once again propose to you, brothers and sisters, that you consider returning to the folds of the law and avail government's offer to end all conflicts," the newly-appointed AFP chief added.

Galvez, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1985, replaced Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, a member of PMA Class of 1984, who was honored with a testimonial parade and review and the prestigious award of the Philippine Legion of Honor (Rank of Commander). (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency