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Keeping Hope Alive – Citizens Alliance for Just Peace

A Statement on the 22nd Anniversary of the Hague Joint Declaration

September 1, 2014 marks the 22nd year of the signing of and foundation agreement for peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The Hague Joint Declaration was forged on the desire by both parties to resolve the armed conflict that has been raging in the country for decades.

The Declaration enshrines the common objective, framework, modalities and substantive agenda for the negotiations.

We believe that peace is not just the absence of war. Real peace can be achieved through a negotiated political settlement, but will emerge only by addressing the socio-economic, political and cultural roots of the armed conflict.

It is in this spirit that we view the Hague Joint Declaration as an instrument of hope. Hope that through peace negotiations, the social realities that breed dissent will finally be addressed so that peace based on justice may become a reality in the country. Hope that through principled negotiation, there will be food on every table, people will have decent dwellings and adequate sources of livelihood, and other basic services will be enjoyed by the Filipino people.

We recognize that negotiating a just and lasting peace is an arduous process. The 22 years since the Declaration was signed by both parties has been marked by many delays, impasses and deadlocks that have caused pessimism that a negotiated peace will not come to fruition. But the 17 agreements that resulted from the peace talks anchored on The Hague Joint Declaration are real achievements that serve as building blocks for a future peaceful society. Foremost of these is the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).The immediate and full implementation of CARHRIHL by both sides can significantly mitigate the dire effects of war, restore and strengthen our people’s confidence in the peace negotiations and pave the way to the crafting of the agreement on social and economic reforms that will address the roots of the armed conflict.

As we commemorate the signing of The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, we reiterate our call for both parties to resume formal peace talks on the basis of their previous agreements. We make this call in fervent hope that a just and enduring peace will one day take root in our land.

Citizens Alliance for Just Peace

Bishop Deogracias Ińiguez, Jr .
Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform

Bishop Art Asi, UCCP
Pilgrims for Peace

Joeven Reyes

Beverly Orozco
Waging Peace Philippines





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