Palace: No lobbying for Nobel Peace Prize for Aquino

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

MALACANANG denied on Sunday that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) was lobbying for a Nobel Peace Prize for President Benigno Aquino III.

But presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message, though, that there could be some groups that want to nominate the peace deal recently signed by the Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

"During the Oslo Conference, (Opapp) Secretary (Teresita) Deles had occasion to meet Nobel Peace Prize winners, but there are no lobbying efforts," he said.

"But please note that since Aceh, there has been no significant peace accord reached. Hence, it is possible that there are groups who do wish to nominate the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. But certainly, Opapp is not lobbying for it," Lacierda added.

A militant group reportedly got information about the supposed Opapp lobbying for the President to be a recipient of the prestigious award. (SDR/Sunnex)

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