March 28, 2014
Overcome Obstacles; Resume Peace Talks
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Ps. 34:14
The Promotion of Church People’s Response joins the various peace
advocates in calling for the Government of the Philippines(GPH) and
National Democratic Front (NDF) to immediately resume peace talks to
address the roots of the armed conflict. We further call to overcome
obstacles that impede the desire of the people for just and lasting peace.
We are urging both parties to seek ways to resolve the contentious issues
based on their previously signed agreements, notably on the Joint
Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees(JASIG) , in the wake of the
arrest of alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines. We
likewise encourage them to refrain from issuing unwarranted statements
that may cripple the negotiations.
We are reminding those people who are members of the negotiating panel
that they should act as peace seekers instead of justifying the acts of
their security forces. They must, even on their personal capacity, exert
effort to make peace negotiations work.
We believe that the full implementation of the previously signed agreement
especially JASIG, provides both parties the avenue to resolve any
differences. This will help sort out differences of both parties in the
It is the interest of the people that must be forwarded in any peace
process and not the aim to eliminate the other party.
It is from this belief that we as church people from different Christian
churches strongly demand to both parties to end the impasse, immediately
resume peace talks and proceed to the socio-economic agenda as we continue
aspire for a just and lasting peace in our land.#