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FRANKLIN QUIJANO

Franklin Quijano serves as an Advisor to the Peace Process in the Republic of the Philippines Office of the President and is thus the Chairperson of the GRP-RPM Mindanao Peace Process. Franklin grew up in Lanao in the Philippines and speaks fluently Maranao, Ilonggo, Chavacano, Cebuano and English.

While teaching Economics at San Carlos University in Cebu (the youngest instructor to boot), he studied law as a self-supporting student and even founded the first debating team of the college. With dogged determination, he passed the BAR Exam in 1983.

He ran for the city council of Iligan in 1988 as an independent candidate (since all parties at that time were not keen on accepting him). Still, he ended up on the number one slot as City Councilor. At an opportune time with virtually no big-time political machinery to back him up, Franklin M. Quijano won as City Mayor in 1998.

With Mayor Franklin M. Quijano at the helm, the City of Iligan was never the same again. While giving the City a new physical look by his big projects like the Integrated Bus Terminal, Road widening, Overpass, Drainage improvements, et.al., the LGU is learning what public service really is. Under his term, there were many recipients of urban poor housing than there ever was. Marginalized sectors were organized and federated, and livelihood and agriculture were given attention in greater measure.

The national government and colleagues were also quick to recognize his capabilities:. He was bestowed with the award, 2002 Most Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines during the 86 th Anniversary of the Senate of the Philippines; chosen as member of the National Task Force on the Rehabilitation, Operation and Integration of the National Steel Corporation’s Iligan Steel Plant, and the Chairperson GRP Peace Panel for the RPM-M (Rebolusyonaryong Partidong Manggagawa ng Mindanao.

IKE DE LOS REYES

“Ike de los Reyes” is presently the Political Adviser of the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa sa Mindanao (RPM-M) or the Revolutionary Workers Party in Mindanao. He is considered as a leading Communist cadre in the Philippines.

The group that he represents, RPM-M, used to be the Mindanao "component" of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) until they decided to break away from the Communist Party. They eventually became known as the CMR (Central Mindanao Region) “rejectionist group”. They later joined other rejectionist factions from Luzon and Visayas to form the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa sa Pilipinas (RPM-P) with Ike delos Reyes as the Secretary-General. RPM-P started peace negotiations with the Estrada government (1998-2000) but Ike's Mindanao group decided to split from RPM-P before reaching a final agreement. They eventually formed RPM-M. Ike is a considered a veteran negotiator as he was among the first negotiators for CPP/NPA/NDF during the first peace processes in 1987.

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