Message of the Community of Sant’Egidio to GRP and MILF on the occasion of the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Davao City, February 24th, 2017

The Community of Sant’Egidio hails with joy and congratulates the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for the Launch of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission which will be held in Davao on the coming February 24th, 2017.

Sant’Egidio hopes that the BTA work can decisively contribute to the full and effective re-establishment of peace with justice in the entire Mindanao area. In recognizing the importance of this historic moment for the Philippines, the Community of Sant’Egidio remains at the service of this important process of reconciliation, which today begins a new phase, that of its implementation by including all the different social, religious and civil realities.

As International Contact Group member of the Peace Talks, we also declare our full and continuous availability to offer generously our contribution to every possible facilitation of the peace process and of the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, urgent and valuable to Bangsamoro itself and, consequently, to the entire beloved country of the Philippines.

We are firmly convinced that true peace will be possible if everyone, ethnic and religious groups, political factions, local administrations, each minority of the whole of Mindanao, wants and can participate in its democratic and synergic construction. Peace will be authentic if it will be peace for all. The inclusion of everyone is crucial, at a social and political level, majorities and minorities, but all with the right to be represented.

With these feelings we would like to wish the parties a good work and a full success while we confirm that we remain your fellow travelers in the path toward a full peace.

Rome, February 23, 2017

Prof. Alberto Quattrucci
Secretary General P&R
Community of Sant’Egidio

By | February 24th, 2017|Features|0 Comments

Release of Political Prisoners as a Necessary Step to Achieve Peace

Mr. Presiding Officer, members of this august body, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant morning.

A week ago, 66 year-old Bernabe Ocasia became the 13th political prisoner to die in detention in the last five years, and the first under the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Ocasia had been in prison for over a decade before he suffered a massive stroke that led to his death. It is the fervent wish of many advocates and families of political prisoners pushing for the freedom of their loved ones that Ocasia will be the last political prisoner to suffer death without seeing the hands of justice turn. (more…)

By | December 15th, 2016|Features|0 Comments

Generation ‘Me’ transforms into Generation Peace

Today’s youth belonging to the millennial generation – sometimes called Generation ‘Me’ – are deemed accustomed to an ‘instant gratification’ lifestyle others quickly dismiss as misplaced entitlement. Bangsamoro leader Datu Beds Kali proves just how wrong this judgment through his diligent advocacy towards peace with fellow youth leaders. (more…)

By | October 18th, 2016|Features|0 Comments

Message of MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal for the Peace Month

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel joins in the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month 2016, and congratulates the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on its 23rd Anniversary. (more…)

By | September 29th, 2016|Features, MILF|0 Comments

North Samar Peace Month launches 2016 Peace Month

Participated by various national and local agencies, NGOs and the church, spearheaded by the Northern Samar Provincial Government in partnership with OPAPP supported by Provincial PAMANA Management Team, the launching of 2016 Peace Month was held successfully on Sept. 3, 2016, at Sacred Heart Plaza, Catarman, Northern Samar. (more…)

Message of Colonel Raniel T. Ramiro (MI) GSC PA, Chief, AFP Peace Process Office, for the 2016 National Peace Consciousness Month

Greetings of Peace!

On the President’s call for inclusive peace, the Armed Forces of the Philippines stands committed to support the government’s peace initiatives for a just and lasting peace in the country. Together with the various stakeholders and peace partners, the AFP joins them in preserving the gains of the peace process and the promotion of peace-building and sustainable development in conflict-affected communities.

In this year’s celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month, the AFP continues to uphold its mandate of serving the Filipino people and protecting the sovereignty of the state, as it reiterates its unwavering support to the peaceful settlement of all armed conflicts essential to nation-building and development.

Change should start from each one of us and peace must also begin within us. We call on fellow Filipinos to rally behind the government’s call for genuine change and lasting peace in our country.

Tayo ang Pagbabago. Tayo ang Kapayapaan.

By | September 7th, 2016|Features|0 Comments

AFP Statement on signing of indefinite ceasefire (from Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Chief, Public Affairs Office of the AFP)

“The AFP have noted with elation and optimism this breakthrough in the peace negotiations.

“It is a laudable move on the part of the CPP-NPA-NDF to respond positively to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of reimposition of the Ceasefire “for as long as necessary” to attain lasting peace in the land.

“The AFP under the leadership of General Ricardo Visaya will continue to uphold the letter and spirit of the ceasefire declaration of the Commander-in-Chief. The nation can rely on every soldier, sailor, marines, and airmen to help provide an environment conducive to peace so that the negotiators from both panels can work under the climate of trust and the prospect of reconciliation.”