By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has appointed retired military official Yusop A. Jimlani as new Presidential adviser on local extremist groups concerns.
In appointment paper signed by the President on December 6, Jimlani will have the rank of Undersecretary under the Office of the President (OP).
Prior to his appointment to a new government post, Jimlani has served as a director of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) since January 2017.
Jimlani, a retired colonel of the Philippine Army credited for the surrender of Muslim insurgents, was a former consultant of Duterte when he was mayor of Davao City.
His appointment came after the President created a new national task force seeking to end the armed conflict involving communist rebels in the country.
The President will chair the task force while the National Security Adviser will serve as vice chairman. Eighteen government officials and two private sector representatives will sit as members of the task force.
Executive Order No.70 also seeks to institutionalize the “whole-of-nation approach in inclusive and sustainable peace” and adopt a national peace framework that includes a mechanism for local peace negotiations and interventions.