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peace processes

I was involved in three major peace tables in the Philippines: peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the and the Moro National Liberation Front.

LEGAL TEAM/LEGAL COUNSEL (2010-2016)

Government Peace Negotiating Panel for Talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front 

 

  • As legal counsel, played a key role in the drafting and negotiation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), which was signed by the GPH and the MILF in Malacañang on March 27, 2014. The CAB is a milestone peace agreement that seeks to end more than four decades of armed conflict in Mindanao;

  • Responsibilities included: 1) the preparation of legal research/opinions that went into the groundwork for the CAB;  2) performance of other tasks related to and necessary for the successful conduct of the peace negotiations, such as the legal review of security-related documents and plans of action and the implementation of non-political milestones (i.e. transitional justice and socio-economic commitments); 3) actual face-to-face negotiations with the MILF, both in plenary sessions and in technical working groups; and 4) review of draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, which was endorsed to Congress in September 2014

  • Represented the peace panel in community consultations and confidence-building measures, as well as in press conferences, forums, and seminars.

 

 

GOVERNMENT TEAM OF LEGAL EXPERTS (2011)

Government Peace Negotiating Panel for Talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/ New Peoples' Army/ National Democratic Front of the Philippines 

 

 

  • Provided legal research and assistance on the enforcement of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) for detainees and other NDF personalities in the talks 

 

DUE DILIGENCE TEAM (2011) 

Government of the Republic of the Philippines Legal Panel for Talks with the Moro National Liberation Front

 

  • Reviewed proposed amendments to Republic Act No. 9054, otherwise known as the Organic Act of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

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