Galvez mourns passing of ‘one of the heroes’ of Mindanao peace process

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Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. has extended his condolences to the families of Bangsamoro Transition Authoriy (BTA) member and chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (MILF-AHJAG) Atty. Abdul M. Dataya who passed away.

“On behalf of the men and women of the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), it is with deepest sorrow that we learn of the passing of BTA member and MILF-AHJAG Chair Atty. Abdul Dataya, whom I considered as one of the heroes of the peace process in Mindanao,” Galvez said in a statement.

Since the creation of the AHJAG in 2005, he noted that Dataya was instrumental in ensuring that a favorable environment of peace would always prevail until the panels of the government and the MILF were able to reach a comprehensive agreement.

He said the government would never forget the unconditional work that Dataya invested for peace, particularly during the most critical times.

“And even with his fragile health, Atty. Dataya continues to contribute as a member of the BTA to ensure that the Bangsamoro people will have a smooth transition period in the newly-established Bangsamoro regional government,” Galvez added.