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German Lawmakers Supports President Duterte’s Peace and Development Intiatives

GERMANY – Members of the Bundestag, Germany’s Lower of Parliament, expressed full support for the peace and development initiatives being fostered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Dr. Thomas Gambke, a German parliamentarian, said that the developments in the peace process could benefit the Philippines and parties involve.

“We wish you all the success, because it could be a very good time, not just for the Philippines, but for the reason to sit together; and this can be a positive sign that could help end conflict,” said Gambke.

Gambke, who is the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) states chair, was joined by other German lawmakers Petra Ernstberger; Caren Lay; Elvira Drobinski-Weiss; Erwin Rüddel; Gordon Kricke; and Michael Hasper.

He also lauded and expressed the Bundestag’s support for the Philippine government’s transparent and inclusive approach on the peace process.

The group made this statement during a courtesy call at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) early this week.

They were received by OPAPP Undersecretary for Peace Accords Nabil A. Tan who discussed with them the Duterte administration’s Peace and Development Roadmap, focusing on plans to implement massive socio-economic interventions and the continued and full implementation of already signed peace agreements with various rebel groups.

“The President has expressed strong will to honor peace agreements and reduce level of violence so that the poverty-alleviation and development programs can be implemented while talks are there,” Tan explained. [source]

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