EDITORIAL|Peace Corridor

THE IMPLEMENTING panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced a peace corridor which will facilitate rescue and humanitarian operations for distraught civilians in Marawi.

Irene Santiago, chair of the PH panel, said in a statement this will oversee humanitarian efforts needed in the following days. She also said the existing mechanisms particularly the Joint Coordinating Committees on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCHs) will make this possible.

Peace Adviser Jesus V. Dureza, during the opening of the annual conference of the Philippine Press Institute on May 24, told members of the press that the ongoing Bangsamoro Transitional Commission will not be much affected by the Marawi clash because of the mechanisms in place such as the AdHoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) and the CCCH. He was still on his way to the 5th round of talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in The Netherlands when he expressed optimism the talks will not be derailed. But we now know that the peacetalks between the government and the NDFP has been suspended.

The concept of the peace corridor as explained by Santiago is “a secure space where humanitarian groups may evacuate wounded and trapped civilians and retrieve dead bodies for burial,” as well as a safe space for goods to reach hungry people in the rural areas whose access to Marawi’s markets have been cut off.”

How this will be implemented has not yet been finely laid out, but the evacuees and the affected communities will surely welcome new ways to alleviate their suffering at this point.

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