EDITORIAL| Pursue various paths to peace

DESPITE the bleak scenario of the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front, the government will not stop in its peace efforts using new and creative ways. Peace Secretary Jesus Dureza has sent notice to the NDF on the termination of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). We take the liberty of printing his statement dated Feb. 7, 2017.

GRP Statement on the cancellation notice to CPP/NDF/NPA

“We wish to announce that following the President’s pronouncement of the cancellation of the peace talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF and per his instructions, the GRP Panel served to the NDF today (Feb. 7) the Government’s notice of termination of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

“Despite the cancellation of the peace talks, the Duterte administration remains committed in its peace efforts by continuing with resolve to explore all opportunities to intensify implementation of genuine reforms for the benefit of the people, particularly socio-economic programs in conflict-affected communities. It shall also continue to pursue other paths to peace and undertake all forms of peace initiatives and peacebuilding efforts at the national, regional and local levels to keep the peace.

“We assure our people that the Government will continue its vigilance in the preservation of law and order and in protecting our people against insurgent activities and threats of terrorism, and pursue the enhancement of our democratic institutions.

 “Let us be one in our call for a stop to armed violence and pursue just and lasting peace by ways of peace.”

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