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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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Publication: Primed and Purposeful (Small Arms Survey)

‘Primed and Purposeful’:
Armed Groups and Human Security Efforts in the Philippines (download the book here)


By Soliman M. Santos, Jr. and Paz Verdades M. Santos with Octavio A. Dinampo, Herman Joseph S. Kraft, Artha Kira R. Paredes, and Raymund Jose G. Quilop, edited by Diana Rodriguez, April 2010

A joint publication of the South-South Network for Non-State Armed Group Engagement and the Small Arms Survey

GenPeace National Assembly: “Consolidating the Youth Peace Agenda, Responding to the Emerging Issues of Peace”

GenPeace will be having its national assembly on 5-6 December 2009 at the Ateneo de Manila University. For possible slots for participants, send us a message via the guestbook of this site. The draft programme for the event is as follows:

 

PROGRAM

December 5: Pre-Conference Newbie Dinner

Venue: TBA

Introductions

Overview

GenPeace: Who we are? What we do?

Open Forum

Dinner

Closing Remarks

 

 

December 6: General Assembly

 

8:00-8:30               Registration:

8:30-8:40               Opening Ritual and Interfaith Prayers:

8:40-8:50               Overview of the GA and Introductions:

8:50-9:05               Opening Remarks

9:05-9:35               Reporting on 2009: Peace Issues, Activities, Outputs

 

SNACKS

 

10:00-10:45          Workshop: 2010 Projects, Themes, Strategies for GenPeace

10:45-11:30          Presentation of Plans for 2010

 

11:30-12:30          Group Photo and LUNCH

 

1:00-1:30               Presentation of Youth Peace Agenda

1:30-2:00               Presentation and Adoption of GenPeace Organizational Paper and Organizational Structure: Debbie

2:00-2:45               Election of Officers:  Lloyd and Celine

2:45-3:10               Video Presentation: Kwentong Kapayapaan Documentary and Peace Day Music Video

 

SNACKS

 

3:30-4:30               Panel Discussion: Moving the Peace Forward: Emerging Issues and the Armed Conflicts

–          What are the emerging issues that affect the developments in the peace process?

–          How can the youth help move the peace processes forward?

–          Considering the changes in the political landscape by 2010 vis-à-vis the peace processes, what strategies are needed?

4:30-5:00               Open Forum

5:00-5:30               Closing Remarks

6:00                        Visit of Peace Wall and DINNER at QC Circle

ON THE RESUMPTION OF THE GRP-NDFP FORMAL PEACE TALKS

PUBLISHED ON JULY 18, 2009 AT 4:40 PM (bulatlat.com)

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) welcomes the recent announcements made by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) that the GRP-NDFP formal peace talks will resume next month, August 2009.

The PEPP commends the negotiating panels of the two parties, as well as the third party facilitator, the Royal Norwegian Government, for successfully resolving the problems and removing the obstacles that stood in the way of the formal talks for the last five years.

We look forward to the two parties resuming in earnest the negotiations on Social and Economic Reforms. The urgency and importance of crafting a comprehensive agreement on this substantive agenda cannot be overemphasized, especially in the light of the current global and local financial and economic crisis resulting in increasing poverty and hardships for our people. We urge the two parties to negotiate these reforms that would address the roots of the armed conflict with the national interest and the people’s welfare foremost in mind.

We look forward to the reconvening of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC), along with the resumption of formal talks. The JMC is mandated to monitor the implementation of the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). We call on the JMC to promptly and speedily act on the numerous complaints of human rights violations in connection with the armed conflict already filed with and received by the Joint Secretariat of the JMC.

We reiterate our resolve to continue supporting the negotiations as part of our people’s quest for a just and enduring peace. We shall engage our churches and constituencies and mobilize our organizations in the discourse on the roots of the armed conflict and on the necessary measures to resolve these roots. In particular, we shall contribute to the dissemination and implementation of the CARHRIHL, and in generating discussions that would heighten the awareness and lead to an eventual consensus on social and economic reforms, especially among the youth and other basic sectors who are the main stakeholders in the peace process.

These we will do in prayer and with the faith that the cries for peace and justice will reverberate in this land and finally come to pass.

Signed:
Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD Ms. Sharon Rose Joy Ruiz-Duremdes
Co-chairperson, PEPP Co-chairperson, PEPP

Most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr., DD
Head, PEPP Secretariat