Should Hermogenes Esperon Jr. Resign?

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Tuesday said he is not going to step down from his post unless he no longer enjoys the support of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Esperon made the statement in reaction to the call of Sen. Jamby Madrigal for his replacement, saying he is a hindrance to the resumption of talks with the communist-led National Democratic Front.

Peace talks with the communists bogged down in 2004 after the United States included the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army in its list of foreign terrorist organizations.

“As a presidential appointee, I always strive to give my best in my function as presidential adviser on the peace process. I have no personal or political agenda. I shall continue to serve as long as the President has trust and confidence in me,” said Esperon.

Esperon, a former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, said all he wanted is to attain peace, specifically in Mindanao where he spent a lot of his time as a military. He commanded an Army brigade in Cotabato and another brigade in Basilan.

“My aspiration is to help attain peace, especially in Mindanao. I have my heart and mind in Mindanao having been assigned there nine times, from platoon commander to brigade commander,” said Esperon.

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