EDITORIAL|Living in these trying times

THE events of the past month have been harrowing, to say the least. We saw a full scale war that has taken the lives of so many soldiers and civilians. Marawi City has irrevocably changed, and it is hard to speculate at this point whether the horrors will end soon.

While troops are beating the flames in Marawi, there are also skirmishes happening elsewhere in the country by the New People’s Army even after the National Democratic Front issued a statement calling for a halt of offensives. The incident in Iloilo and in Compostela Valley that killed two soldiers and wounded six others, rocked the already tenuous peacetalks between the government and the NDFP.

This led Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza to issue a statement on June 19,to wit: “Since the latest statements of the National Democratic Front and the government to mutually refrain from taking offensive operations against each other cover only Mindanao, and since there is yet no mutually agreed bilateral ceasefire agreement in place nationwide, the NPA attack in Maasin, Iloilo and elsewhere must be dealt with accordingly and decisively by the AFP and the PNP with the cooperation of civilian agencies and the affected communities.

“Having said this, it is disheartening to note that such attacks provide a negative impact in our mutual commitment with the NDF to provide that enabling environment conducive to the continuation of peace negotiations with them.

“The “impact” is not just on the peace negotiations, it illustrates the tragedy of the insurgency. Hopefully, the attack is just part of the birthpains of the agreement to stop offensive military actions, even if it covers only Mindanao as of now. It is an argument for a nation-wide ceasefire.”

Despite this confusion, we all try to live each day under the shadows of Martial Law and hope that this war will not escalate and swallow us whole.

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