Continue the peace talks, firm up reforms

Sign-On Statement

8 February 2017
We express our deep disappointment over the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte to terminate the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), especially at a time when both sides have already made substantial, accelerated and historic progress in the negotiations.

In the pursuit of the Filipino people’s aspirations for economic development, social justice, genuine democracy and lasting peace, we strongly urge Pres. Duterte to reconsider and push on with the peace talks.

The just-concluded Third Round of talks in Rome, made accelerated progress in the discussion of each panel’s versions of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CA-SER). Both sides recognized the problem of landlessness and rural poverty, and they agreed in principle to the free distribution of land to farmers and farm workers. This is a historic first in any Philippine administration and in the 30-year history of the talks. This is also a first in any peace negotiation in the world! They also agreed to continue discussions and to forge other agreements on national industrialization, economic development, and environmental protection.

During the Third Round, the two sides also exchanged complete drafts for a proposed agreement on Political and Constitutional Reforms. They exchanged views on the proposal for a federal form of government and the need for certain constitutional guarantees and safeguards demanded by the people.

The two sides then agreed to meet again for a Fourth Round of talks in April, in Oslo, Norway. They vowed to continue working on the full implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement for Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), and to unify their versions of the agreements on social and economic reforms and that on political and constitutional reforms.

The historic gains achieved thus far in the peace talks, coupled with the festering poverty, social inequity and injustice, and trampling on the rights of the Filipino people are more than sufficient compelling reasons to trudge forward on the path to peace.

We continue to hope for peace and support the Filipino people’s aspirations for peace based on justice. What is most important is that the people’s struggles for national liberation, social justice, economic development, and democratic reforms will continue, and the roots of the armed conflict will be addressed. Only then can just and lasting peace be achieved in the Philippines.



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198Rosa Maria CoppolinoITALIA
197Cole CarothersUnited StatesGabriela New York
196Cristina CocadizUnited StatesGABRIELA New York
195Katrina CortesUnited StatesAnakbayan New York
194Patricia MagnoUnited StatesGABRIELA-NY
193Raphael HaagAustriaInstitute for International Development of the University of Vienna
192Paul-Francois TremlettUnited Kingdom
190Carol GayUnited StatesNJ State Industrial Union Council
189Susan CuevaUKCHRP - UK
188Ren CarandangUnited StatesFilipina Womens Organizing Committee of New Jersey
187Trisha Fey Elizarde-MillerUSAGABRIELA Portland
186Ana RobeloUnited StatesAnakbayan New Jersey
185Yves Lawrence NibungcoUnited StatesMigrante New Jersey
184Jackelyn MarianoUnited StatesNew York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP)
183Shilpa NandwaniUnited StatesNew York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
182Muñoz GeorginaNicaraguaRENICC
181kate hodgson
180Natasha Lloyd-OwenUnited Kingdom
179Reginald ClarkCookChicago Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression
178Robert AtkinsUnited Kingdom
177Russell FraserUKHaldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
176Joe Lampasa BelgiumUgnayang Pilipino sa Belgium
174Inti BarriosMexicoILPS
173Perry John MendozaUnited Statesnone
172Johnna MortensenDenmarkInternational Forum. SEA group
171Donna RabangPhilippines
170Manuel SingsonThe NethelandsMakabayang Samahan ng mga Pilipino sa Nederland
169Randolph BirungPhilippinesTau Gamma Phi
168Rolando Grande JrPhilippinesTongtongan ti Umili
167Brandon LeePhilippinesIfugao Peasant Movement
166Signe LethDenmarkIWGIA
165M LedesmaPhilippines
164Eric PanganNew ZealandMigrante Aotearoa New Zealand
163Zack FloresPhilippines
162Windel BolingetPhilippinesCordillera Peoples Alliance
161Richard BergUSA Anti war Committe Chicago
160Rosette BagleyUnited StatesPax Christi Illinois
159Nancy L Cowgerusa
158John SigelUSACAPA
157Frank ChapmanUnited StatesChicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
156Boyan MallaryAustraliaMigrante Australia *New South Wales*
155Dick ReillyUSAHammerhard MediaWorks - Chicago.
154Newland SmithUnited StatesEvanston
153Marsha LoveuSAcommitte for a just peace in israel and palestine
152Patricia LinarezUSA Workers word party
151Kathleen DesautelsUSA8th Day Center for Justice
150Roger JowettAustralia
149James FennertyUSANational Lawyers Guild