MANILA -- Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Annabelle Abaya said the recent consultations with different sectors in the country have put a necessary impetus to the resolution of the decades-old Mindanao conflict.

In an interview with Sun.Star, Abaya said the preliminary results of the “Dialogue Mindanaw” showed that the Filipinos have a clamor for consultations and dialogue on the ongoing peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

“We are really overwhelmed with the inputs and comments that the different sectors in various parts of the country have given to this initiative. Though it’s early to conclude but we can acknowledge that the people’s support to the sealing of lasting peace in Mindanao is swelling. People are more interested, more than ever, to know the root causes and of course give opinions or suggestions with regards to the peace process,” Abaya said.

Abaya added that her office was only able to present initial findings due to delayed transmission of results from power crisis-hit Mindanao.

The consultations, which started last January and ended in Bongao, Tawi Tawi on March 15, had an estimated 4,158 participants during the two-month period, said Dialogue Mindanaw adviser Fr. Albert Alejo.(Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)