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The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), the largest ecumenical formation of church leaders in the country, welcomes the call of Rep. Silvestre Bello III (1-BAP party-list) and other concerned lawmakers for the government to not only preoccupy itself with the peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but also with the formal peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).God blesses those who work for peace… (Matthew 5:9) and we laud our lawmakers who are peacemakers as well.

“This is what Yahweh asks of you, only this: that you act justly, that you love tenderly, that you walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

We are Church leaders from five major religious federations*. We came together to reflect and discuss the peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). We listened to updates from both sides regarding the current status of the negotiations. There are positive prospects that bolster our hopes for the talks to continue but there are certain issues brought out that may hinder the process of the said talks.

As Christians all over the world celebrate the advent of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who came so that all may have abundant life (John 10:10), the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP)*, the largest ecumenical formation of church leaders in the country, reiterate our call for the resumption of the formal peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in accordance with their prior bilateral agreements.

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