Church group ‘optimistic’ about peacetalks with Reds

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MANILA, Aug. 16, 2016— A network of Church and labor groups is “optimistic” that the talks between the government and the National Democratic Front will be productive under the Duterte administration.

The Church People-Workers Solidarity (CWS) said it supports the efforts to finally address the roots of the ongoing civil war by going back to the negotiating table.

“CWS is convinced that it is only by addressing the roots of the armed conflict in the country and by engaging in principled dialogue that peace can be achieved,” said Fr. Rudy Abao, CWS convenor.

“We hope that through the resumption of the formal peace talks, social justice and the need for fundamental socio-economic reforms will finally be tackled,” he said.

Abao also said they support initiatives to address the roots of the ongoing civil war and the promise to release political prisoners, including NDF consultants “as a confidence building measure” for the peace talks.

The CWS also urged the administration to immediately disband paramilitary groups “which continue to sow terror” among Lumad communities in Mindanao.

“We call on all peace-loving Filipinos to continually pray and tirelessly work for peace by supporting these new initiatives toward peace by the administration,” he added.

The government and the NDF panels are set meet in Norway for the formal resumption of peace negotiations on Aug. 20 to 27. (CBCPNews) 


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