ucanews.com reporter, ManilaUpdated: June 07, 2019 04:08 AM GMT
An activist holds a poster calling for peace during a demonstration in Manila to protest the killing of a rebel peace consultant in January. (Photo by Jire Carreon)
An ecumenical church group in the Philippines has once again reiterated calls for the resumption of peace negotiations between the government and communist rebels.The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) made the call in an appeal issued to incoming members of Congress following their election last month.
The PEPP is composed of the country's Catholic bishops' conference, the Protestant's national council of churches, the Association of Major Religious Superiors, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, and the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum.In a statement, the peace group noted that while some candidates have pledged to work on the resumption of talks, most of those who won during the polls have remained silent."This is unfortunate," the PEPP said in a statement. "Peace negotiations are an issue that every Filipino should feel strongly about," it added.broke down in November 2017 with the government accusing rebel fighters of mounting attacks on government troops despite the ongoing negotiations. Duterte later terminated the peace discussions.The government later proposed pursuing "localized peace talks," which the rebels rejected.