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Peace Day 2012 Ceasefire Call

Towards Just and Sustainable Peace:

Declare a Peace Day Ceasefire!

A Citizens’ Call for a September 21 Ceasefire

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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

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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 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

 

 

 

“Stand Firm! Persevere! Proclaim the Gospel of Peace!” Statement of the 2nd Ecumenical Church Leaders’ Summit on the GPH-NDFP Peace Negotiations

Betania Retreat House, Lahug, Cebu City
February 6-8, 2012

 
“This is what Yahweh asks of you, only this: that you act justly, that you love tenderly, that you walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
We are Church leaders from five major religious federations*. We came together to reflect and discuss the peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). We listened to updates from both sides regarding the current status of the negotiations. There are positive prospects that bolster our hopes for the talks to continue but there are certain issues brought out that may hinder the process of the said talks.
One such issue, which is at the crux of the recent impasse, concerns the detained consultants of the NDFP that they claim are covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). The NDFP called for a postponement of the talks last June 2011 to give time for the GPH to release the consultants. While the GPH already released some consultants, the NDFP is demanding that the GPH honor the February 21, 2011 Joint Statement by releasing most if not all consultants covered by the JASIG. The GPH recently stated that until the reciprocal working committees on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) shall have completed the common tentative agreement on social and economic reforms, the talks may not resume. They also stated that there will be no formal talks on issues concerning the JASIG. This in turn was seen by the NDFP as a move to scuttle the negotiations. We deeply understand the concerns of both parties.
To affirm our commitment in support of the formal peace talks and to break the current impasse, we call on the government to release in recognizance under the collective custodial guarantee of the member churches of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, the NDFP consultants who are willing to be under the sanctuary of churches. This is our way of proclaiming the gospel of peace. We call on the GPH and the NDFP to consider this offer. As Church people, we recognize that the road to a just and lasting peace is complex. But we persevere because we are certain that nothing is impossible with God and especially if we take the interests of the people at heart. We believe that there are times when we need to dare and innovate, seize the Kairos moment, so that the formal talks may continue.

We pray that this offer from us will pave the way for both parties to continue to work on the mutually agreed principles or framework upon which the peace negotiations are built. We are earnestly looking forward to the next substantive agenda, the CASER, so that the fundamental issues that bring about unpeace will be addressed.


We affirm our prophetic voices for peace and take to heart our people’s longing for the elusive peace that will create the conditions for an equitable and sustainable development of our country and people.


We fervently ask you all to join us in prayers and solidarity in this quest for a future worthy of our children.

 

 

February 8, 2012

 

*Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) and the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum (EBF).
For the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform:
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD Ms. Sharon Rose Joy Ruiz-Duremdes
Co-chairperson, PEPP Co-chairperson, PEPP
Bishop Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr., DD
Head, PEPP Secretariat

Ms. Sharon Rose Joy Ruiz-Duremdes
Co-chairperson, PEPP Co-chairperson, PEPP

One Million Voices for Peace Gains International Support

ONE MILLION VOICES FOR PEACE CAMPAIGN GAINS INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

AMID CHALLENGES TO THE PEACE PROCESS

The campaign to gather considerable citizen support to the peace talks between the Goverment of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has gained added momentum with the endorsement of the campaign by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC).

 

The public opinion backlash to the recent encounter in Albarka, Basilan and the continuing impasse over the implementation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) emphasize the need to mobilize citizen support for dialogue and consensus building.

The One Million Voices for Peace in the Philippines Campaign aims to gather the support of people from all over the Philippines and the rest of world, to signify their desire for an end to the conflict in the country and present these to the conflict actors to press them to work for a peaceful, just and comprehensive political settlement to the armed conflicts in the Philippines.

GPPAC is a global movement that seeks to leverage civil society initiatives and press governments and rebel movements to utilize dialogue as the more sustainable mode of resolving the roots of armed conflicts. It works to strengthen civil society networks for peace and security by linking local, national, regional, and global levels of action. It engages with governments, the UN system and regional organizations to create policies and programs that promote peace building. More GPPAC information is available at: www.gppac.net

 

Among the personalities who have signified support to the peace campaign are:

Emmanuel Bombande

Chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and Executive Director of the West Africa Network on Peacebuilding (WANEP)

Prof. Andres Serbin

Chair of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

Melanie Greenberg

Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, USA

Peter Van Tuil

Executive Director, GPPAC Foundation

Lisa Schircht

3P Human Security, USA

Grace Maima

Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)

Andrei Kameshlikov

Non-Violence International, Russia

Mauricio Salazar

SERAPAZ, Mexico

Lia van Broekhoven

CORDAID, Netherlands

Peter Woodrow

Co-Director, Reflecting on Peace Practice Project, CDA, USA

Bibi van Ginkel

Fellow, International Centre for Counter Terrorism, Netherlands

John Filsum

3P Human Security, USA

Justine Brouillaud

Consultant GPPAC

Hitomi Kubo

Consultant, Human Security Unit, UN

Anne Kahl

Analyst, Conflict Prevention and Recovery Team, UN

 

A website for the One Million Voices for Peace allows for the “voices” to be expressed in a variety of ways: including your name and email on the form provided, subscribing to the OMV4P YouTube channel, “likes” from Facebook accounts, and following the campaign on Twitter. Please visit the One Million Voices for Peace in Mindanao website, and add your name to the “voices” calling for peace in Mindanao.

Primer on Armed Conflict in the Philippines

Mayroong dalawang malalaking armadong tunggalian sa Pilipinas na nagsimula sa maagang bahagi ng dekada 1970.

– Ang pakikibaka ng Communist Party of the Philippines- New Peoples’ Army- National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) laban sa pamahalaan ng Pilipinas

– Ang pakikibaka ng Bangsamoro para sa  kasarinlan o Right to Self Determination, na sinimulan ng Moro National Liberation Front  (MNLF) at pinagpapatuloy sa ngayon ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)

A young war evacuee holds his message of peace. Although the Mindanao armed conflict features a low intensity type of warfare, the ‘all-out war’ declarations and skirmishes have caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of displaced persons in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2008. (Nartea and PhilANSA, copyright 2005)

Prosesong Pangkapayapaan

Upang maresolba ang mga nasabing tunggalian, ang pangunahing pamamaraan ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas (Government of the Philippines or GPH) ay peace talks o usapang pangkapayapaan. Sinasabayan din ito ng mga programang reporma at pangkaunlaran sa mga apektadong lugar. Gumagampit pa rin ng pwersang militar and GPH ayon sa Internal Peace and Security Plan ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Ang kabuuang stratehiyang pangkapayapaan at seguridad ng kasalukuyang administrasyon ay nakalathala sa “Chapter 9 Peace and Security” ng Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

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Peace groups celebrate peace day, calls for ceasefire


Quezon City, 21 September 2011 — Thousands from different civil society groups celebrated peace day nationwide on September 21, the UN-declared International Day of Peace, Nonviolence and Ceasefire.

The youth network, Generation Peace (GenPeace) spearheaded celebrations in 7 key areas nationwide, in Cebu, Nueva Vizcaya, Iloilo, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte,  Agusan del Sur and Quezon City. Eight indigenous peoples groups also conducted peace rituals in their communities ranging from Sierra Madre in Luzon to Mt. Apo in Mindanao.

Debbie Cabanag, who participated in the celebrations for the past three years, said “Peace Day is remembered globally but what sets the Philippine celebration apart is that the date coincides with the commemoration of the Declaration of Martial Law. This is also why our national theme for this year is ‘Kapayapaan, ating karapatan’ (Peace is our right). We are highlighting our collective right to peace.”

In a message read throughout the celebrations nationwide, President Noynoy Aquino stated that, “The government pledges solidarity to this cause, in accordance with the conviction that the Filipino people’s progress is founded on an environment of peace and stability.”

Mohagher Iqbal, head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel also declared in a message that the MILF will make “manifest our continuing commitment to the peaceful settlement of the Moro Question and the armed conflict in Mindanao.” He further stated that peace is “the best gift we can pass on to the generations after us.”

“This year is the biggest celebration ever because the different peace groups converged to have a common call for a day of ceasefire and support for the peace talks by simultaneously launching the One Million Voices for Peace Campaign nationwide.” Karen Tanada, co-convener of the Kilos para sa Kapayapaan and Katarungan mentioned.

Last Monday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines declared a suspension of military operations for the celebration of the peace day.

The Quezon City celebration is done annually at the Quezon Memorial Circle. This year the event featured sports events, fun run, amazing race challenges and an obstacle relay race. Messages of peace from youth, women, indigenous peoples, government, military, faith and nongovernment groups were delivered.

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Full transcript of the President Aquino message and the Chair Mohagher Iqbal (MILF) message can be found here.

 

For additional information or a sample copy, contact:
Nikki Delfin, Generation Peace Youth Network (GenPeace)
09178660405, nikki.delfin@gmail.com, https://youthpeacenetwork.wordpress.com/
 

 

Govt, MILF, CPP-NPA-NDF: Declare a peace day ceasefire!

September 01, 2011

photo copyrighted to PhilANCA and Gil Nartea

KILOS PARA SA KAPAYAPAAN AT KATARUNGAN (KILOS!)

Peace is our Right: Declare a Peace Day Ceasefire!     

A Citizens’ Call for a September 21 Ceasefire

 

We—peace advocates from diverse political, cultural, faith and social backgrounds—urge the Government of the Philippines and the CPP-NPA-NDF to declare a 24-hour ceasefire on September 21. Especially on that date, the ongoing ceasefire between the GPH and the MILF must be upheld.

 

We support the peace processes and affirm our collective right to peace – peace that is not just the absence of war but also the absence of structural violence. We believe that peace is freedom from fear, want and humiliation.

 

We draw on the UN-declared International Day of Peace and Non-Violence to highlight the urgent need for peace. The UN General Assembly resolution was passed unanimously in 1981 to give way to a Global Day of Ceasefire. Until now, an annual peace day ceasefire has never been realized in the Philippines.

 

As we appeal for a ceasefire day, we ask for a million supporters for the peace processes through the One Million Voices for Peace Campaign (OMV). From August to December the OMV campaign will launch photo petitions, Facebook likes, fun runs, local mobilizations and celebrations, film screenings, sports events, indigenous rituals and forums to be held in different communities, regions and key cities nationwide.

 

What difference can one day of ceasefire make? Clearly, it is the difference between life and death at the battlefield. But more importantly, a day of peace is a ray of hope for the Filipino people. It is a day that makes us all believe that—in the brief moment when guns are silenced—peace is possible. A day of ceasefire gives us a glimpse of what we expect to attain in our lifetimes, a just and sustainable peace… freedom from violence in whatever form.

 

The Filipino people can take a day of respite from all the violence and take the time to reflect on and commit to peace. They can be nourished by a day of ceasefire for as the struggle for towards peace continues thereafter.

 

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

Kilos para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (KILOS!) is the broadest coming together of the Philippine civil society organizations working toward a just and lasting peace in the country. KILOS! Is a concerted effort at  engaging the different stakeholders talking at the peace tables and the larger Philippine society. Its main convenors are network of networks from peace civil society organizations: Mindanao Peaceweavers, Boses Mindanaw, Waging Peace Philippines – GPPAC Southeast Asia, Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, Indigenous Peoples Network, and the Sulong CARHRIHL Network.

 

Give Peace A Shot is a photo petition: 1) supporting the peace talks; 2) popularizing conflict and peace issues in the Philippines; and 3) calling for a peace day (21 Sept) ceasefire declaration from all sides. Click the image to view the campaign site.

 

 


 

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GenPeace Documentary: A Story of Peace


Peace is still elusive for the Philippines. The country is still wrought by a forgotten
war spanning approximately four decades. GenPeace seeks to educate and call to action
the young generation to help put and end to the armed violence by supporting the peace
processes.

The International Day of Peace, celebrated every 21st of September, is one opportunity
to raise awareness and support for peace from the youth in the country. This short
documentary showcases some of the local realities and peace initiatives of GenPeace and
its partner- and member-organizations.

Approx. 10 minutes, Filipino with English subtitles
Edited by: King Mark Baco
Produced and Written by: Generation Peace Youth Network

Peace Agreements and the Law of Peace

Professor Christine Bell is one of the leading scholar-practitioner in the fields of comparative peace agreements, human rights, transitional justice, constitutional amendments, public participation and women’s roles in peace processes.

“This consultative paper commissioned by International Alert and written by Prof.Christine Bell is the product of two perspectives which combine rigorous scholarlywork focused on legal academic research on peace agreements with reflective peacepractice over several decades.I briefly cited her landmark publication, ‘On the Law of Peace: Peace Agreementsand the Lex Pacificatoria’, discussing the evolving law of peace surrounding peaceprocesses at an address entitled, “Peacemaking Requires a Marathon Mentality:Reflective Peace Practice from a Filipino Perspective,” delivered before members ofthe judiciary and legal professionals at the Chief Justice lecture series during the2009 peace month.It was in the aftermath of this dialogue between peace advocates and legalpractitioners that the idea of an exchange of insights involving Prof. Christine Bellcame up, and so we discussed what possibilities there were for her to be involved inbringing to bear her considerable experience and research on the emerging lexpacificatoria and its relevance to peace processes in the Philippines.” –excerpt from Prefatory Note by Prof. Ed Garcia

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