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Press Release
March 28, 2014

Overcome Obstacles; Resume Peace Talks Now!
“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 negotiating table.

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.#


Mr. NardySabino
Secretary General




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