PILGRIMS for Peace co-initiated a Caravan for Peace with the Citizens Alliance for Just Peace on Monday, September 2, 2013 to call for the resumption of peace talks of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
The caravan was launched to coincide with the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, the Caravan for Peace brought together co-initiators Sulong CARHRIHL, Philippine Ecumenical Forum, Waging Peace, and Pilgrims for Peace and other peace advocates who are calling on the GPH and NDFP to resume peace talks.
The group journeyed from Quezon Memorial Circle to Plaza Miranda, stopping at various points to raise their voices for peace.
“By joining together we intend to amplify our call for a just and lasting peace as it was agreed in the Hague Joint Declaration of 1992. We support the people’s call to push for both the regular track with a substantive agenda that aims to address the roots of the armed conflict in order to attain a just and lasting peace, and the special track that aims for an immediate just peace through an alliance and truce,” said Rev. Homar Rubert Distajo.
“As peace advocates we call both sides to uphold the Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, to Implement the CARHRIHL by reconvening the Joint Monitor Committee and mitigate the impact of armed conflict and to implement the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). Respect for and implementation of agreements will go a long way in moving the peace talks,” said Rev. Distajo.
The Citizen’s Alliance for Just Peace also released a joint statement Time to Move the Talks which has been signed by leaders of their organizations and other peace advocates.
“We urge the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front in the Philippines to resume formal talks on Social and Economic Reforms the next substantive agenda in the talks, and we also encourage them to resume talks on Alliance and Truce. The Filipino people hope for immediate as well as long-term benefits that can be achieved through peace talks. As our joint statement Time to Move the Talks clearly states, ‘Time of is of the essence. End the prolonged impasse. Resume the talks, now,’” said Rev. Distajo.