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Statement of Support for the Resumption of the GRP-NDFP Peace Negotiation

Civil society organizations amplify the voices for peace

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We, the undersigned, reiterate our steadfast support to the resumption of the formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The Oslo Joint Statement signed last November 2023, that aimed for a principled and peaceful resolution to the more than 50-years of armed conflict, is an important and critical milestone in the path towards building a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. Pursuing the GRP-NDFP peace process offers a valuable opportunity for nation-building, healing, and reconciliation needed by conflict-affected communities, particularly indigenous communities who continue to bear the brunt of this conflict, indeed, the entire nation.

We commend the various members of the government, the media, and other critical stakeholders, who persist in their support for the resumption of the peace talks, challenging the predominant narrative that only through military might can the armed conflict be resolved. We are encouraged by your leadership at a time when spaces for critical discussions on this conflict are riddled by divisive tactics and an atmosphere of distrust, fear, and uncertainty abounds. We recognize the reality that civil society organizations cannot do the work of peace alone. Addressing the root causes of the conflict requires multistakeholder collaboration and partnerships across levels of Philippine society. We need allies like you in our efforts to build peaceful communities that is grounded in the work of social justice.

As peacebuilders and peace advocates who have worked and accompanied communities in their struggle for peace and justice, we have seen the devastating impact of war and violence. We believe that the resumption of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations presents an alternative path, one where we can all contribute to building a shared future of a just, prosperous, and peaceful Philippines. Indeed, it is a golden opportunity for the two Parties to discuss, incorporate, and agree upon relevant socioeconomic and political reforms necessary to bring about and sustain a just and lasting peace in the country. However, we underscore the importance of an inclusive, participatory peace process, where the rights and needs of those most affected are considered and prioritized.

We call on the GRP and NDFP to stay the course and build on the gains of previous rounds of negotiations and pursue the most recent breakthrough reached in the Oslo Joint Statement to its desired conclusion. We call on all peace advocates and our people to support the two Parties in this endeavor, set aside political differences and place the pursuit of a just peace as the priority. 


Signed by:

Alliance of Tri-People for the Advancement of Human Rights (ALTARH)

Alternative Center for Health and Development, Inc. (ACHDI)

Alyansa ng mga Mamamayan para sa Karapatang Pantao (AMKP)

Antonio G. M. La Viña, Director | The Klima Center of Manila Observatory

Association of Political Officers of the Philippines (AsPO)

Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI)

Cesar Padilla, Singer/Songwriter | Himig-Piglas

Civil Society Organization Forum for Peace, Inc. (CSO-FP)

Dr. Mark Anthony Torres, Professor (Full) | Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology

Ecosystems Work for Essential Benefits (EcoWeb)


Fr. Edgar Bonette B. Clar, DCT, Director | Social Action Commission, Diocese of Tandag

Fr. Raymond Ambray, Director | Integral Ecology Ministry, Diocese of Tandag

Gaston Z. Ortigaz Peace Institute (GZO)

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict - Working Group on Enabling Cooperation (GPPAC-WGEC)

Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)

Jeremy Simons, PhD | Te Ngāpara Centre for Restorative Practice, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Jordi Urgell, School for a Culture of Peace

Jun Aparece, MindaComm

Kalimudan sa Ranao Foundation, Inc.

Kapamagogopa, Inc. (KI)

Konsyensya Dabaw

Lumad Husay Mindanao (LHM)

Manuel P. Quibod, Dean-College of Law | Ateneo de Davao University

Maranaw People Development Center, Inc. (Maradeca)

Marc Batac, Civic Futures - Philippines

Media Educators of Mindanao (MEM)

Miguel Álvarez Gándara, SERAPAZ/México, Plataforma Latinoamericana de Paz, Mediation Support Network, Global Peacebuilders Net

Mindanao Histories and Studies Advocacy Group (MHS AG)

Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. (MPI)

MindanawanOne Network

Pakigdait Alang sa Pag-amoma sa Kalinaw, Inc. (Pakigdait)

PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI)

Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP)

Pilgrims for Peace

Reemar Alonsagay, Alyansa ng Kabataang Mindanao para Kapayapaan (AKMK)

Samal Island Muslim Communities Development Center, Inc. (SIMCDC)

Sulong Peace, Inc.

United Religions Initiative-Southeast Asia and the Pacific (URI-SEAPac)

United Youth for Peace and Development, Inc. (UNYPAD-Ranao)

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