- Posted September 1, 2013 by
Peace remains elusive in Phl
THE search for peace in a country of violence seems to be heading for another test of time after the Philippine government called on its enemies to shape harmony in a statement issued on Sunday to mark the National Peace Consciousness Month.
"We renew our call to the Communist Party of the Philippines for an end to violence on the ground so we can together build the peace that we all aspire for," a government panel said in a message to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDF), a rebel group which has been staging a revolutionary campaign in the countryside for more than four decades.
"We share the urgency of ending the armed hostilities to give way to development, especially in conflict-affected areas, which are the poorest and most deprived communities in the country," the statement said.
The government has again urged the rebel group to put on the table ideas and strategies for building meaningful accord that will end armed conflicts.
"We continue to believe that if we listen to our people's aspirations and act accordingly, and lasting peace is still possible in spite of stumbling blocks in the peace process," it said.
The peace negotiations between the government and the leftist group bogged down last February after the two sides failed to agree on the terms of the peace process.
The rebel group has also been demanding for the release of political prisoners. The government panel, however, stood pat on its decision not to free high-ranking members of the underground movement.
Consequently, the Philippine government said that it would not go back to the formal peace negotiation with the leftist rebels, and is looking for a new approach to end the insurgency.