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Statements of Support for Peace in Mindanao on the Aftermath of the Basilan Clash

CEAP: Peace Please! Peace with Justice!

“Even in the most difficult and complex times, besides recognizing what is happening, we must above all else turn to God's love…[This requires] self-denial, acceptance of others, justice and peace.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate. #79).

Once again, we are tempted to fight fire with fire. The violence that was ignited by the killing of 19 AFP soldiers and 6 MILF combatants in Basilan on 18 October has led to more suffering among our people.  To date, some 20,000 people have been displaced from their homes in...[Read the full statement here]

 

A Call for Peace from Mindanao Association of State Universities and Colleges Foundation, Inc. (MASCUF)

The Basilan bloodbath in the early morning of 18 October 2011, and the rash of violent clashes around the Zamboanga Peninsula once more compel us to call for peace in our homeland.  We, the men and women in the Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation, Inc.  add our voices to the need for sobriety and calm even as injustice and violence taunt us to...[Read the full statement here]

 

Mindanao Bishops: Peace is the Only Option

This is a joint statement of the Inter-Religious Solidarity Movement for Peace [IRSMP] and Peace Advocates Zamboanga [PAZ] on the current security crisis in Mindanao particularly the ZAMBASULTA region, which imperils the peace negotiation between the Philippine Government and the...[Read the full statement here]

 

Not all-out war, but all-out justice - Statement of President Aquino on the Aftermath of the Armed Encounter in Basilan

On the 18th of October, the Armed Forces began operations to pursue lawless elements in Al-Barka, Basilan. It resulted in the neutralization of nine criminals; unfortunately, 19 of our own soldiers were also killed. Our soldiers were in pursuit of criminal elements with valid warrants of arrest—among them the fugitive Ibrahim Malat Sulayman, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group and a notorious criminal wanted for nine counts of murder. They are criminals whose actions stand outside of the peace process and... [Read the full statement here]

 

A Call for Sobriety and Coolness in Light of the Basilan Carnage - Statement from Mindanao CSOs

We, leaders of Bangsamoro Bangsamoro Civil Society Organizations in South Central Mindanao call on the GPH and the MILF to maintain their maximum coolness and sobriety in the light of the recent Basilan carnage. We agreed that these unfortunate events that resulted to the death of 19 soldiers and 6 BIAF with a more than a dozen of wounded in action (WIA) may have been avoided if there has been a functional mechanism - the Ceasefire agreement that they both signed. For the bereaved families of those killed in action, we condoled and and sympathized with... [Read the full statement here]

 

Mindanao Peaceweavers: Never Too Late to Press for Sustainable Peace; The Time for a Negotiated Settlement is Now

Today’s meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (JCCCH) is a critical measure of the strength of mind of the leadership of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to hasten the realization of a political settlement of the armed conflict in Mindanao. The GPH and MILF must ensure that the JCCH will act swiftly to prevent further loss of lives. Furthermore, relevant mechanisms of the peace talks such as the... [Read the full statement here]

 

'Violence breeds more violence' - Statement of Fr. Robert Reyes on Peace

I have been part of the Marcos years where the military government, NPA, and cessationist parties acted violently. What I have seen and realized during that time is that violence breeds more violence. Right now, we need to re-assess our ways during... [Read the full statement here]

 

PCID calls for calm and sobriety amidst violence in Mindanao

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) fully supports the call of President  Benigno Simeon Aquino III for calm and sobriety  amid persistent calls for an all-out war against the MILF over the death of our soldiers, even  as the nation mourns the loss of the young, untrained soldiers.  We  are also calling for the  immediate conduct  of an  investigation to pinpoint once and for all the culprit of these atrocities and spare the innocent civilians from armed hostilities... [Read the full statement here]

 

PCEC Statement on the October 2011 Basilan Clash

We hear the rage of our people as they cry for justice. A few of our politicians are even calling for an all-out-war. We are also deeply saddened as some of our media personalities have drumbeated war escalation perhaps borne out of their passionate response to the bloody and gruesome graphic images they have captured... [Read the full statement here]

 

Statement of Support of Sulu Governor for President Aquino and the Continuance of the Peace Talks with the MILF

The wisdom of His Excellency, Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, in deciding against an all-out war against the MILF, deserves the undivided support of all peace-loving peoples in the region. War mongering will only worsen the situation and stokes sentiments that are divisive and counter-productive... [Read the full statement here]

 

Statement of Support for Peace from the Association of Women Religious in the Archdiocese of Cotabato (AWRAC)

The Association of Women Religious in the Archdiocese of Cotabato ( AWRAC ) strongly supports the Peace Process as a way in resolving conflict especially in the Mindanao problem. All out war has the following effects: It will worsen the situation because the lives of all people will be at stake... [Read the full statement here]

 

National Youth Commission calls for peace in Mindanao

In light of the recent incident in Basilan involving government soldiers and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the National Youth Commission expressed its sympathy with the families of those who died during the prolonged encounter that claimed 19 lives. NYC Commissioner Earl P. Saavedra, who also hails from Basilan, said in a press release that it is imperative to... [Read the full statement here]

 

5 Good Reasons Why Peace and Not War

Pacific gains for decades of joint-search for peace should not be put to naught by a single or even series of isolated incidents such as what happened in Basilan and subsequently in Sibugay Province; Encounter's venue should not be limited to the battlefield. As a matter of fact, the most ideal corrigor to address this current stain to having final peace in Mindanao is by way of... [Read the full statement here]

 

War is Not the Path to Peace - Statement of Rep. Pangalian Balindong on PNoy's No-to-All-Out-War Position

The slaying of 19  soldiers by alleged rebel  troops  in Basilan is an outrage which  should be met with unreserved condemnation.  

This most recent encounter is among the  most deadly between lawless elements  and the military in a war that has already left more than 150,000 people dead in the last four decades.I deeply sympathize with the families of our fallen men in uniform. Their sacrifice  should give... [Read the full statement here]

 

"War is not the answer" - Statement from San Carlos Borromeo Parish Pastoral Council

For and in behalf of the Parishioners of San Carlos Borromeo Parish, Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. we appeal for peace and  sobriety in this most trying time for us Mindanaoans in the wake of  the Basilan Crisis. We condemn in the strongest term violence and criminality. We appreciate the stand of the President to pursue the Peace Process as well as the MILFs suggestion for an impartial... [Read the full statement here]