Senator Franklin Drilon has expressed support to President Benigno C. Aquino III’s move to reject calls for an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), saying a peaceful solution to the conflict is the long standing answer to ensure peace in Mindanao.

“I fully support the President in his decision to thumb down proposals to scrap the peace process and wage an all-out war against the MILF due to what happened recently which killed several soldiers,” said Drilon.

“The government must exhaust all means to pursue peace process with the MILF,” he added, as he urged the public to support the President in his decision to continue with the peace process.

President Aquino has earlier ordered the military that there would be no offensive operation against those involved in the killings of 19 soldiers in Al Barka, Basilan.

Drilon believed that Mr. Aquino will exercise strong political will in pursuing a lasting peace in the region.

“Let us support the President in this undertaking. We believe that in time, we will succeed in our efforts to attain peace,” said Drilon, as he noted the path to a lasting peace is a treacherous but achievable if all government efforts are focused on it.