As Christendom celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), calls on the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to resume formal peace talks. May this season of hope inspire both parties to break down the dividing wall of hostility and engage in principled negotiations to end the decades-old armed conflict in the country.
We held our 4th Church Leaders’ Summit in Cebu City this June 29 to July 1, 2015 with sixty-three (63) participants representing the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP-men and women), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum (EBF), National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) coming from all over the country to express our support for the resumption of the peace talks between the parties. As we journey with the GPH-NDFP peace process, we resolved to amplify the call to both parties to resume the formal peace talks on the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) that has been in an impasse since February 2011.
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.