At its first national assembly:

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) reiterates its call to the GRP and NDFP

to resume formal peace talks and to fully implement the Comprehensive Agreement

on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL)

Davao City

 

February 11-13, 2010

 

 

Sharon Duremdes

PEPP co-chair and former NCCP secretary general

Bishop Antonio Ledesma

PEPP co-chair

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Photos courtesy of Inpeace Mindanao
           
           

 



Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform
National Assembly
February 13, 2010
Davao City

Unity Statement

“The Peace of the Other, is Our Peace, is My Peace”

We, leaders and members of different Christian churches from all over the Philippines, have come together in Davao, accompanied by our partners from the Norwegian Ecumenical Peace Platform (NEPP), for this first National Assembly of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP). We believe in the primacy of the human person in our aspirations for an equitable and sustainable peace in the country. We are guided by the following principles of peace: human dignity and equality; respect for human life; promotion of human rights; common good; democratic and moral government; dignity of human labor, and, solidarity.

The Filipino people continue to be confronted by the forces of unpeace. Our people struggle daily with personal and structural violence.

The peace talks are stalled between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) since 2004.

At our first National Assembly as an ecumenical peace movement, we heard both parties and the voices from the grassroots. We also shared experiences and strengthened our consensus and resolve in working for a just peace.

We reiterate our call to the GRP and NDFP to resume formal peace talks, fully implement the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) by convening the Joint Monitoring Committee and acting on the complaints of human rights violations against both Parties, and restart the negotiations on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).

The urgency of implementing CARHRIHL is underscored by the continuing extra-judicial killings, the recent Maguindanao massacre which government forces had failed to prevent and in which some of them are even alleged to have participated in, and by the even more recent arrest and reported ill-treatment, including torture and reportedly planting of false evidence, against 43 health workers.

The need for a CASER becomes even more pressing with our people's increasing hardships and misery with our floundering economy being further battered by the global financial and economic crisis and environmental disasters.

We welcome the intent of the two Parties to accelerate the talks by forming the working groups for political and constitutional reforms and the end of hostilities and disposition of forces.

With the coming national and local elections in May, we call on the candidates and the electorate to include in their platforms and agenda their concrete programs to bring about the fundamental reforms necessary for the attainment of a just and enduring peace.

As we observe the season of Lent, we, participants to this PEPP National Assembly, following Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, commit ourselves unwaveringly on this arduous road to a just and enduring peace. We call on our brothers and sisters in our local churches to join us in expanding this peace constituency so that we can offer a venue of hope through reflective dialogue and enabling actions.


February 13, 2010
Brokenshire Convention Center
Davao City
 

Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez

Head of the PEPP secretariat and  chair of Ecumenical Bishops Forum

Bishop Ephraim Tendero
       
           
           
     
       
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