Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles has slammed Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and some members of the House of Representatives for demanding her resignation and questioning her motives in pursuing the peace process.
At a forum at the Ateneo de Manila University on Thursday, Deles lamented how the people who “are talking loudly today” about the loopholes in the peace agreement signed by the government with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) happened to be those who did not take interest in the peace negotiations while they were ongoing.
Aside from Cayetano, Deles hit Representatives Rodolfo Biazon, Lito Atienza, Kimi Cojuangco and Jonathan dela Cruz for demanding she and other members of the government peace panel step down.
She noted that at the time the panel was holding peace talks with the MILF, “no one told us… that we were betraying the interests of the republic.”
Asked what she thought of those who seek an overhaul of the peace process, Deles said: “Perhaps the most charitable thing to say is that they do not know whereof they speak.”
Cayetano has accused Deles and Government Peace Panel Chair Miriam Colonel-Ferrer of siding with the MILF over the Mamasapano clash that resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos as they maintained the firefight was just a “misencounter.”
The MILF was one of the armed groups who were involved in the encounter with the SAF troopers while the latter was carrying out a mission to arrest two high-profile terrorists in Maguindanao last month.