Peace advocates invite President Duterte, “Let’s keep walking toward peace”

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19(NRSV)
Ecumenical Bishops Forum (Press Statement)
17 February 2017

Taguiwalo appeals for the Resumption of Peace Talks

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Friday appealed anew for the resumption of peace negotiations between the government and communist rebels, citing civilian casualties in the renewed armed conflict.

Taguiwalo said the social workers of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera Administrative Region are assisting nearly 400 villagers who fled their homes in Asipulo, Ifugao, after soldiers attacked a suspected camp of New People’s Army rebels in Sitio Pinugao, Barangay Namal, in the municipality on Feb. 12.

Ecumenical Bishops Forum Supports the GRP and NDFP Resumption of Formal Peace Talks

Genuine and lasting peace has always been an urgent need as far as our country and people are concerned. The non-stop offensive and defensive armed conflict between the armed forces of the Government of the Philippines and the New People’s Army led by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines has been going on for more than four decades now, and has caused thousands of precious Filipino lives to perish.

Considering that life is God’s gift, death is always senseless; it is not the Creator’s will. God wants only the best for all. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures” (James 1:17-18, English Standard Version).

Anti - EDCACampaign

Religious groups and other sectors strongly expressed their opposition to EDCA particularly on the US Militaries’ facilitation of the Lumbia Airport.

Attached below are the links from Sunstar Cagayan de Oro and Mindanao Gold Star Daily regarding the issue.

Justice for the Victims of the Kidapawan Carnage!


(A Statement of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum on the Violent Dispersal of Farmers and Indigenous Peoples in Kidapawan on April 1, 2016)