A Bridge of Hope
A statement by the
Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) congratulating the
incoming GPH peace panel
June 18, 2016
The Philippine Ecumenical
Peace Platform (PEPP),* the largest ecumenical formation of church
leaders in the country, congratulates the incoming Negotiating Panel
of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Panel of the
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), for successfully
concluding their preliminary talks in Oslo, Norway, with the help of
the third party facilitator, the Royal Norwegian Government. Their
initial talks produced a Joint Statement indicating that the two
parties will resume the formal peace talks on the third week of July,
PEPP is elated over the fact
that bridges are being built by both parties in order to have a just
and enduring peace in our country. PEPP is inspired by the optimism
generated by the parties’ meeting as reflected in their Joint
Statement. It is a bridge of hope that principled negotiations may
bear fruit and address the roots of the armed conflict.
The Joint Statement said
that the formal peace talks will take on the following: affirmation of
previously signed agreements; accelerated process for negotiations;
reconstitution of the Joint Immunity and Safety Guarantees (JASIG);
amnesty proclamation; and, the mode of interim ceasefire.
The Joint Statement also
pointed out that the incoming GPH panel will recommend the release of
NDFP consultants and political prisoners to President-elect Rodrigo
As peace advocates guided by
the teachings of Jesus Christ, the prince of peace, PEPP enjoins the
Filipino people to support this initiative from the GPH and the NDFP.
Let us pray for its success.
Issued and Signed this day
18th day of June 2016.