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Conference on Youth, Peace and Security and the Bangsamoro

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Conference on Youth, Peace and Security and the Bangsamoro
Organized by Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)
In partnership with Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute (GZOPI)
June 12 and 13, 2015, Millenia Suites, Ortigas, Pasig City

Conference Statement

We – 30 students and youth leaders, gathered in Goldland Millenia Suites, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, from 12th to 13th of June 2015 for the Conference on Youth, Peace and Security, and the Bangsamoro believe that we are in a critical point in the road to achieving just and sustainable peace in Mindanao. We see the issues and challenges in the peace process as an opportunity for us to be proactive in our role to contribute to peace building in our country.

We reaffirm our support for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) and the immediate passage of a CAB-based Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). We commit to continue our engagement in a youth-led advocacy to promote collective action in raising awareness of the importance of our role in the peace process. We believe that there should be expanded and safe democratic spaces for the youth to participate in effective peaceful transformations by investing on education, health, and economy.

As essential partners for peace, we will work towards a meaningful participation of the youth in the peace process. We hope that the voice of the youth will be included in peace and security issues, as we move forward for a lasting peace in our society. ###

10 Things: Why Should We Pursue the Bangsamoro Peace Talks?

 We are all brothers and sisters not by blood, but by our tears, our suffering, our mourning. I am enraged by the violence in Mamasapano, but will never call for an all-out war. Many who beat on their war drums know nothing about being in a war zone. It is easy to be a commando on Facebook or a Rambo with a signature espresso drink. But war is ugly. Very, very ugly. Uglier than how movies portray it. I’ve seen firsthand the aftermath of the MoA-AD in 2008.

While the BBL did not in any way trigger the senseless deaths in Mamasapano, it became the primary casualty of a botched military operation against terrorism. Make no mistake, terrorism in all forms should be condemned but having the BBL threatened after the Mamasapano clash loses sight of the opportune moment to build peace and turn swords into ploughshares. Here are some perspectives on why we should see the bigger picture and pursue peace along with our cries for justice.

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Statement of Support for The GPH-MILF Peace Milestone

GENERATION PEACE YOUTH NETWORK
Statement of Support for The GPH-MILF Peace Milestone

We, Generation Peace Youth Network, join our Bangsamoro brothers and sisters in rejoicing for this long-awaited moment: a great leap towards just and lasting peace. We celebrate the positive progression of the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Despite the difficult and rocky road is a sight of a brighter future ahead of this promising milestone. It is truly a wonderful gift for all of us who remained hopeful and committed in this advocacy.

With burning passion, we strongly support the developments in the peace process and commit to continuous work for the peace that we dream and greatly desire. We commit to engaging youth-led advocacy for everyone to partake and join in collective action in translating these peace agreements to a reality. We recognize the vital role of the young in creatively and innovatively campaigning support for the Bangsamoro aspiration.

Together let us work hand in hand, that we may be one in this journey towards a just and lasting peace.

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GenPeace Statement on the GPH-MILF Framework Agreement

PNoy Speech on GPH-MILF Framework Agreement

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Talumpati
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Kagalang-galang Benigno S. Aquino III
Pangulo ng Pilipinas
Ukol sa balangkas ng kasunduan sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front

[Inihayag noong ika-7 ng Oktubre 2012]

Dalawang henerasyon na po ang lumilipas mula noong magsimula ang hidwaan sa Mindanao. Isang siklo ng karahasang umangkin sa buhay ng mahigit isandaang libong Pilipino—hindi lamang ng mga kawal at mandirigma, kundi pati mga inosenteng sibilyang dumanak ang dugo dahil sa alitang puwede namang naiwasan.

Marami na pong solusyong sinubok upang matapos ang hidwaang ito; nakailang peace agreement na po tayo, ngunit hindi pa rin tayo umuusad tungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pangarap para sa rehiyon. Nabigyan ng poder ang ilan, ngunit imbes na iangat ang kaledad ng buhay sa rehiyon, nagbunga ito ng istrukturang lalo silang iginapos sa kahirapan. Nagkaroon ng mga command votes na ginamit upang pagtibayin ang pyudal na kalakaran; naglipana ang mga ghost roads, ghost bridges, ghost schools, ghost teachers, at ghost students, habang tumaba naman ang bulsa ng iilan. Nag-usbungan ang mga warlord na humawak sa timbangan ng buhay at kamatayan para sa maraming mamamayan. Umiral ang isang kultura kung saan walang nananagutan, at walang katarungan; nawalan ng pagtitiwala ang mamamayan sa sistema, at nagnais na kumalas sa ating bansa.

The ARMM is a failed experiment. Many of the people continue to feel alienated by the system, and those who feel that there is no way out will continue to articulate their grievances through the barrel of a gun. We cannot change this without structural reform. Read the rest of this entry

Peace Day 2012 Ceasefire Call

Towards Just and Sustainable Peace:

Declare a Peace Day Ceasefire!

A Citizens’ Call for a September 21 Ceasefire

PDF VERSION

On the UN-declared International Day of Peace, also called a Global Day of Ceasefire and Non-Violence – September 21, we urge the Government of the Philippines and the CPP-NPA-NDF to declare a 24-hour ceasefire. The ongoing ceasefire between the GPH and the MILF must be especially be upheld on that date.
We ask that the guns be silenced in our country on Peace Day, in solidarity with all who seek to end violent conflicts around the globe.

“If we all unite, together we can create the largest global reduction of violence ever recorded on one day” –Peace One Day

As peace advocates from diverse political, cultural, faith and social backgrounds, we call for a cessation of hostilities in order to highlight the urgent need for peace.

We support the ongoing peace processes that aim to resolve through political negotiations the decades-long armed conflicts in the Philippines. We are determined to accompany the process toward signing of peace agreements and more importantly, in the implementation of these peace agreements.

In the Philippines, September 21 is more known as the day when Martial Law was declared, that we remember by vowing, “Never again.” On this 40th year since the declaration of Martial Law, we still suffer its legacy of armed conflicts and stubborn roots of injustice and poverty.

Therefore our call for peace is not just for the absence of war but further for the presence of “jobs and justice, food and freedom, land and liberation”. One of the lessons of our struggle against dictatorship is that a durable peace will be built only with the fullness of human rights and dignity.

On September 21, a day of ceasefire will be a moment marking our common commitment to building a just and sustainable peace.

WE SUPPORT THE PEACE PROCESSES. WE WANT A JUST AND LASTING PEACE. DECLARE CEASEFIRE ON PEACE DAY!

Generation Peace, Mindanao Solidarity Network, Peace Day Committee Waging Peace Philippines – GPPAC Southeast Asia

*If you wish to include your organization to our peace day ceasefire call, 
leave a comment below.

Infographic: What you need to know about Ramadan

GenPeace calls for a peaceful, reflective and humane observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan. We show our solidarity to our Muslim brothers and sisters. We believe in unity and equality; we may be different but we are all equal in our inherent rights and dignity.

We–Muslim, Christian, Indigenous People, Filipino, Moro–members of the GenPeace Youth Network support the youth’s clamor for religious tolerance and diversity, equality and justice.

Support the non-violent resolution of the armed conflicts! Peace in MindaNOW!

Ramadan Infographic

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Peace Talks Ipagpatuloy! Manindigan sa Kapayapaan!

Sulong CARHRIHL and Manindigan sa Peace Talks call for full CARHRIHL implementation by the GPH and the NDFP.


After more than a year of disagreements that eventually led to this sixteen month stalemate in the peace negotiations, the negotiating panels of both the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) met up in Oslo, Norway, together with Amb. Ture Lundh and former Sen. Wigberto Tanada, for a “meaningful discussion” paving the way for the resumption of the formal negotiations between them.  With this development, a new spark of hope had been ignited for the continuation of the talks and the resolution of this longstanding conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and has delayed development.
This armed conflict has to end now! We, in Sulong CARHRIHL Network, as most of the country, appeal to both parties to get back to the negotiating table and resume the talks. Specifically, we call on both parties to
·         Implement CARHRIHL
Civilians should be protected and not victimized by the war. Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law violations should be stopped. Both parties have signed the agreement and should therefore abide by its provisions.
·         Release JASIG Protected Persons and All Political Prisoners
We urge the release of JASIG protected persons and all political prisoners for humanitarian reasons. This will create a climate of trust and manifesting government’s sincerity on the peace talks.
We also call on both parties to revisit the JASIG principles and settle the issues that had been major bottlenecks in this negotiation. Reconstruct the Document of Identification list of JASIG protected persons so as to ensure that this issue will not hold back the process in the future.
·         Suspension of Military Offensives
The continued armed struggle has not only destroyed lives but has also cultivated a culture of violence among those directly affected by war. A ceasefire between the two armed groups will not only avoid more victims of war, it shall also help communities to rebuild their lives and once again experience a peaceful, undisturbed environment.
·         Look into/Implement the Joint Agreement in Support of Socioeconomic Projects or Private Development Organizations and Institutes
This agreement, as mentioned by Sen. Tañada, had been signed by both parties way back 1998, but has not been implemented. Through this, development projects will reach areas of conflict in the country contributing to their progress and development.
                We also urge the GPH and the NDFP to positively look at the options provided by the special track andexhaust means to come up with a principled political settlement that will pave for the signing of the other 3 agenda in the Hague Declaration. Let us open ourselves to other peaceful options in attaining peace. We all must act now. We all must work together to bring just and lasting peace to our country. There is no better time but the present to secure the peaceful future of our country. MANINDIGAN SA PEACE TALKS! MANINDIGAN SA KAPAYAPAAN!

GenPeace Reps Skypes with Louis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma of the NDF

Asian Institute of Management, Makati City–Selected members of GenPeace took part in a historic skype dialogue with Louis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma, prominent leaders of the National Democratic Front. During the skype meeting last March 2, 2012, the youth’s calls during the GenPeace General Assembly were highlighted by the GenPeace representatives. Mirma Tica, Gerald Eustaquio and Kaye Limpiado presented the youth’s calls for: 1) Easter Peace Talks, 2) Protect the Environment; and 3) End Impunity. (click here for the GenPeace Statement for the GPH-NDF Talks)

GenPeace reps met (cyberly) with Louis Jalandoni of the NDF. The youth called for the resumption of talks and fully supports the peace process as the ‘way to go’. At the background is the video-beamed image of Louis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma from Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Jalandoni welcomed the youth’s calls particularly on the protection of the environment and the ending of the climate of impunity in the country. Regarding the call for peace talks to resume, he said that the NDF also aspires for a just and lasting peace in the country. He further encouraged the youth to advocate for peace to the President and even the security sector.

The GenPeace representatives were invited by the peace civil society community under Waging Peace Philippines and through Prof. Ed Garcia of the International Alert. Some of the other dialogue participants were Karen Tanada of GZO Peace Institute, Sr. Ma. Arnold Noel and Joeven Reyes of Sulong CARHRIHL, former Senator Bobby Tanada, and Gus Miclat from the Initiatives for International Dialogue.

GenPeace Statement for the GPH and the NDF: ‘We will redouble our efforts for peace.’

GenPeace members met and discussed ways to support and promote the peace talks in the country. The youth network also recognizes the different manifestations of violence in the grassroots communities--from poverty to frat and gang wars. The network resolves to combat the climate of impunity and violence with that of the culture of peace.


 GENERATION PEACE:  2012 RESOLVE

Generation Peace, meeting in general assembly on the eve of the 26th anniversary of the 1986 People’s Power, resolves to redouble our efforts to pursue peace in diverse parts of the country.  We will do our part in galvanizing youth voices in urban and rural areas, in schools and in streets, in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  We will network with other sectors, in particular, with our teachers, with women, indigenous peoples, and with religious, business, political and community leaders.

We call on the leaders and the negotiating panels of the Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to resume peace talks in the period of Easter – the season of resurrection and re-awakening.  To do so, we urge the following:

  • 1.      Undertake Easter Releases of Selected Detainees Relevant to the Negotiations!
  • 2.      Protect the Environment Now. Do so More Vigorously!
  • 3.      End Impunity!

We call on both sides to do so for the sake of future generations.  We cannot wait any longer.  These talks have been protracted enough, and we want to eliminate more victims of a war without end.  We ask both sides to do what it takes to overcome obstacles.  During the period of talks we call on both parties to suspend offensive military operations to create a climate more conducive to restore trust and the construction of a more peaceful future.

 

From Generation Peace General Assembly,

Successor Generation of Peace Advocates

February 24, 2012

 

 

SIGNED:

Members of the Generation Peace General Assembly

University of Eastern Philippines Communication Association

FEU ACP3 Peace Tayo

Center for Peace Education Miriam College

Pax Christi Miriam College

Balay Rehabilitation Center

United Youth for Peace and Development

Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute

Sulong CARHRIHL

UNESCO Young Professionals Club

PNU-UNESCO Club

United Nations Youth Association of the Philippines

Sobusteha Youth Association

Akbayan Youth –Davao

Peace Advocates Zamboanga

SINAG Political Organization

Student Commission on Election, De La Salle University Dasmarinas

CARAGA Youth Leaders Network

Teduray Lambangian Youth and Students Association

Tirmizy E. Abdullah

Edito T. Ebol Jr.

Josiluther B. Nacario

Gerald Matthew E. Eustaquio

Brenfred N. Romero

Abraham Dolindo

Bernadette Fernandez

Ian Villanueva

Hazeline M. Panganiban

Nina Sarah D. Francisco

Xyren Moren Magbuhos

Jerome Requidan

Marc Zeus Chee

Marylou Suitado

Mary Angeli Bataycan

Catrice Butterworth

Rechie J. Tugawin

Allen John Lira

Jayson Tingson

Victoria Kathleen Mae

Maria Theresa Angelica Bustria

Kristel Georgia Mendoza

Ricky Batitao

Albert Putong

Youth Solidarity For Peace.

Robert Basco