Peace and human rights advocates, church people, progressive groups and indigenous peoples gave tribute to personalities who have made essential contributions to the peace negotiations of the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The short, sincere recognition was held at the September 2 gathering that celebrated the 25th anniversary of The Hague Joint Declaration, known as the document that laid down the framework of the peace negotiations.
The dedications below were read by former NDFP peace panel member and former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo at the event.
(Illustrations by Luigi Almuena of Ugatlahi Artists Collective.)
The fifth round peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP in May 2017 were cancelled. GRP President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly declared cancellation of talks, but has yet to send the other party a formal notice of cancellation, this process as stated in previously signed agreements.
Peace advocates, meanwhile, continue to call for the resumption of peace talks.
(Courtesy of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Pilgrims for Peace and Kapayapaan)