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Monday, December 7, 2009

Multi-Partisan Peace Covenant in the Search for Lasting Peace

Sa panahon kung saan patuloy ang kawalang katahimikan at pangamba sa pag escalate ng kaguluhan sa Maguindanao at sa nagbabantang bagong "Martial Law" napapanahon na isulong ang isang "Multi-Partisan Peace Covenant."

Ang "Peace Covenant" na ito na isinusulong ng Advocates for a Peace Covenant ay naglalaman ng anim na batayang pagtindig para sa kapayapaan.

Ang usapan ukol dito ay nagsimula sa isang pagpupulong noong September 23, 2009 sa Asian Institute of Management at maisasaprmal ngayong ika-10 ng Disyember 2010 pagkatapos ng Waging Peace Conference.


We, the representatives and leaders of different political parties and organizations, re-affirm our support for the peace processes in the country, expressing our preference for negotiated approaches to address the issues of poverty and inequality, human rights violations and injustice, social exclusion and discrimination which underlie the armed conflicts in the country.

We resolve to protect human rights, putting an end to political killings and unresolved human rights violations. We intend to put a stop to electoral violence which in the past has become part of our contentious electoral contests.

We will work to build the peace that comes from meeting the basic needs of our people such as jobs, land and livelihood; homes, health, and education, and the safety and security of our communities – especially as the world confronts the present economic crisis and the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.

We pledge to put people at the heart of our politics; to put principles over patronage, and to forge a common sense of purpose as befits public servants who will heed the cry of the most vulnerable in our society as well as respond to the hopes of future generations.

We commit to protect and expand democratic space so that the diverse voices in our society are given due respect and that social change comes about in ways that are more inclusive and collaborative since the peace we pursue is far too important to become another casualty of partisan politics.

We will together – though we belong to different political persuasions -- build a more peaceful and prosperous future that our children deserve.

Ang Advocates of Peace Covenant ay isang forum na pinangungunahan nina dating Senador Bobby Tanada at Santanina Rasul, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, Fr Jun Mercado, OMI, Prof. Randy David, Prof. Ed Garcia, at ang Convenors ng Waging Peace Philippines Network.

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