Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon met with Idun Tvedt and Elisabeth Slattum of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 19 October 2017 to discuss the peace and reconciliation efforts between the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the (NDFP) that the Norwegian government has been helping with.
The senator said Tvedt, the new special envoy to the Philippines on peace and reconciliation efforts with the NDF who is replacing Slattum, is due to arrive to the country Sunday for a two-day trip.
Drilon also expressed his gratitude to the Norwegian government “for supporting the peace negotiations between the Philippines the NDFP.”
“The Philippines is very grateful to the Norwegian government for acting as a third-party facilitator of the peace process between the Philippines and the NDF,” Drilon told Tvedt.
“Right now the peace process with the NDF is not being discussed formally or informally in the Senate,” he added.
Franklin Drilon expressed a need for the Senate to take a more active role in the peace process during his meeting with the new Norwegian government special envoy to the Philippines on peace efforts with the NDFP.
“There is a need to involve the Senate in the peace and reconciliation efforts between the Philippines and the NDF because in the end, a law will be need to define the relationship of the parties,” Drilon said in a statement on Sunday.