In light with the recent termination of the Peace Talks between the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Government of the Philippines (GRP) by President Rodrigo Duterte, the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) hosted a peace consultation at the Ricci Hall Conference Room-D, Community Center of the First Companions last Feb. 18.
Exodus for Justice and Peace Bishop Hamuel Taquis said the event was held to discuss the peace talks to reconcile between the GPH and the NDF.
“We should actively work for reconciliation for unity towards peace,” Taquis said.
Entitled “Konsultasyon Alang sa Kalinaw,” the event was participated by some 80 students and individuals from different sectors and organizations.
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Sec. Silvestre Bello also attended the said event.
GRP Peace Panel member Angela Librado-Trinidad gave the updates on the peace process until its termination.
After the updates, an open discussion on suggestions and reasons on how and why the peace talks should resume followed.
University President Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ emphasized the importance of peace as it was promised by Duterte.
“I voted for President Duterte. It was a really vote for peace. It was a vote for social justice. It was a vote for his willingness to fight for peace.
“We cannot continue to be killing one another in this country. Whether we are from the left or the right, we must unite for peace,” Tabora said.
Bello also urged the audience to support and convince the president to resume the peace talks, instead of scrutinizing the president of his actions.
“It’s not easy being a president. Palaging naniniwala ako na tuloy ang peace talks. Wag kayong magi-give up. Lalo niyong tulungan siya. Sabihin niyo, “Mr. President, Patuloy mo.” Wag niyo siyang pagdudahan. Don’t start doubting our president.,” Bello said.
The consultation concluded with signing a Commitment to Just Peace.
The said consultation was also hosted in partnership with Sisters Association in Mindanao (SAMIN), and Exodus for Justice and Peace.