Another UP professor takes over as peace panel head



Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Presdient Aquino has designated University of the Philippines professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer as chief negotiator for peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), replacing former UP law dean Marvic Leonen.

Leonen, who had headed the government negotiating panel since 2010, has since been appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Ferrer is a current member of the government panel that signed a preliminary agreement on Oct. 15 with Moro rebels as part of a political solution to end the 40-year-old secessionist movement in Mindanao.

The two panels are set to meet again in Kuala Lumpur this month to finalize the comprehensive peace agreement that would create a separate Bangsamoro homeland.

Her appointment was well received by the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process who described Ferrer as “a staunch advocate of human rights and an expert in conflict resolution and justice.”



Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said Ferrer’s appointment “signifies continuity and harmony in the peace talks, which is crucial for the completionof the comprehensive agreement this December.”

The promotion, she said, was “well-deserved given her competence and credentials as a peace negotiator. She has been with the Panel since 2010 and serves as adviser of the technical working groups on power-sharing and normalization.”

“Our government remains committed to finish the comprehensive agreement with the MILF before the year ends in our endeavor to achieve just and lasting peace in Mindanao that will benefit all Filipinos,” said Deles, who swore in Ferrer to her post Friday.

The first woman head of the peace panel, Ferrer was among 27 Filipinos nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for being part of the “1000 Women for the Nobel.”

She is a member of the faculty of the UP political science department, teaching comparative politics and political theory, and was director of the UP Third World Studies Center from 2000 to 2003.

Prior to her entry into the peace process, she was convenor of the Program on Peace, Democratization and Human Rights of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies until 2005.

Remains committed

She also has extensive involvement in nongovernmental organizations.

She cochaired the Non-State Actors Working Group of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines from 1999-2004; joined fact-finding missions organized by international NGOs investigating violence in Cambodia (1993, 1997), East Timor (1999, 2000), and Nepal (2003).

The professor, a sister of Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Journalism Shiela Coronel, served  as visiting professor at Hiroshima University in Japan, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea, and Gadja Madah University in Indonesia.

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    SWERTI ang ARRNEOW at YUPI sa mga araw at panahon na ‘to…..tumatabo ng pwesto sa gobierno!

    • Art

      Prof. Mirriam Ferrer is deserving of the post. Naging prof ko siya at alam ko ang kakayahan niya. 

      • UrHONOR

        KAYA nga…SWERTI siya!

      • Art

        I don’t get ur point, UrHONOR. hindi suwerte un kasi deserving sya. ang swerte, ung nabibigyan ng posisyon o pabor kahit hindi deserving. 

      • UrHONOR

        KUNG yan ang alam mo sa salitang swerte, you certainly are being misled by my statement.

        But swerte interpreted in that sense is too narrow and confining. Relatively, swerte can also refer to GOOD FORTUNE.  Generally, hindi HINDI DESERVING ang gamit ng swerte sa Tagalog. Pero pag sinabi mo na swerte yong na sa death row at pinakawalan… yan ang maari mong sabihing pabor na hindi “deserving” (maaari ding hindi, depende sa circumstances).  When I say ang swerte ng Pilipinas ngayon at bumubulusok ang kalakalan and pang-kalahatang ekonomiya.  You can’t say that PH is experiencing unusual economic growth success even if it doesn’t deserve it.  SWERTE as commonly used signifies a lot of nuances in usage.  So, cool down and relax….when I responded to your comment that “SWERTI siya”, there is no hidden negative msg in there but only a reinforcement of my previous statement that “SWERTI ang ARRNEOW at YUPI sa mga araw at panahon na ‘to…..tumatabo ng pwesto sa gobierno!”  You couldn’t possibly imagine that all the appointed officials coming from both institutions are “nabigyan ng posisyon o pabor kahit hindi deserving”……well some may not be…but the suggestion of the statement is that GOOD FORTUNE has gone their ways, deserving or not…..which, in the course of time, will be confirmed/displayed by the same individuals themselves.

        Hope that helps.

      • Art

        thanks for the clarification re what u meant by “swerti”. however, we must recognize that such good fortune came her way because she is deserving. as for other Pnoy appointees, ibang usapan na yun. marami kasing ways na puedeng mainterpret ung unang statement mo sir.

      • UrHONOR

        TOTOO yang sinabi mo Art….madaling mag-misinterpret na binabasa.  It might interest you to know that the VERY MAIN CAUSE of PROBLEMS and CONFLICTS in this very tiny blue planet of ours, including WARS, of course, is MISUNDERSTANDING of COMMUNICATION.  One guy says something with a good intention of mind, uses the best word to describe it…then the reader or for whom the message is directed to MISINTERPRETS the meaning of the word, reacts, then a conflict ensues.  No attempt to clarify the idea enveloped in the message….UNLIKE WHAT YOU DID that I think is a hallmark of a thinking individual and not like the common variety of reader that jumps to conclusions at the drop of a hat even on sarcasms.  Then it gets worse when the mistake or error is obstinately ignored and instead insists on what HE THINKS is right, i.e., his interpretation is RIGHT even if the writer says that he got the meaning WRONG.

        I am glad you took the time to clarify and I thank you for it. I’d even say Leonin got lucky (sinuwerte) when he was finally chosen as the next Associate over a number of highly qualified candiates….just as Sereno was sinuwerte to be chosen among top-calibre ecperienced and weathered lawyers….with no negative connotation whatsoever….and no reason for why they were chosen.  We’d not know anyway but merely speculate.

        Have fun!

  • agustin

    Why is this abnormal leader always appointing communist oriented persons from UP? is this a sign that he trust UP than Ateneo or other institution ?

  • George Lapulapu

    Well deserved!!! Congratulations Professor Ferrer!!!

  • Jon

    Anong teritoryong ipamimigay sa kriminal ngayon?

  • beerhunters

    another disciple of Jose’ Maria Sison!!

  • kulittwit

    Another great appointment. Well done PNoy!

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