PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte warned that if the armed communists and the leftists will continue their obstructionist activities, he can declare a Revolutionary government and wage an all-out war against the insurgents.
Is it just a statement from the hip and devoid of basis?
The Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) which the communists are insisting to be signed before they will agree to declare a ceasefire will never be signed in our lifetime considering its status as of today.
After more than twenty-five years of negotiations, the only thing that is the same in the latest forty-two (42) page draft of the Government of the Philippines and the eighty-seven (87) page draft of the National Democratic Front is, believe it or not, the title!
It is no wonder, therefore, that they are keeping the negotiations to themselves. After more than twenty-five years of negotiations, thousands of lives lost and billions of pesos wasted in a war of Filipinos against Filipinos supposedly for the Filipino people, all they have to brag about is the reiteration of the Joint Declaration signed in The Hague, the Netherlands in 1992!
If I were the President, I may also consider an all-out war unless there is a viable and doable course of action that I can take.
Is any other alternative? Yes, there is, the Yes for Peace – Bayanihan ng Bayan campaign which is silently being implemented in public and private elementary and high schools as well as colleges and universities nationwide through memoranda issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Believe it or not, Yes for Peace gained the long sought for support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Amidst the bloody military and police operations to regain full control of the Islamic City of Marawi from the ISIS-Maute terrorist group that claimed the lives of and wounded hundreds of soldiers, police, civilians and terrorists, the AFP and the PNP declared their active participation in the Yes for Peace – Bayanihan ng Bayan campaign to assert peace as an individual and collective human right of the Filipino people.
Upon the guidance of AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano, Deputy Chief of Staff for Civilian Military Operations (CMO), J7 Major General Melquiades L. Feliciano directed CMO units of the AFP “to engage their counterpart DepEd and CHED officials stationed in their respective AORs (Areas of Responsibility) by enjoining/urging them to comply with the DepEd and CHED Memoranda.”
MGen Feliciano underscored the importance of the participation of the AFP in ensuring the attainment of the target 30 Million responses across the country through the command line, “For utmost compliance and widest dissemination.”
In response to a request to PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa from organizers of Yes for Peace, Police Chief Superintendent Ericson T. Velasquez, Officer in Charge of the Directorate for Community Relations described Yes for Peace as a democratic movement to assert peace as a human right of Filipinos for Filipinos by Filipinos.”
“This is also in support of the Six-Point Peace and Development Agenda of PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE,” Velasquez continued.
Velasquez requested all Police Regional Directors to “coordinate with their respective DepEd and CHED offices on an appropriate support that their offices can extend to the national implementation of Yes for Peace.”
Recently, President Duterte made a call, “Let us unite against those who promote violent extremism, sow divisions, hatred, and terror among our people.”
For our part, we pursue peace as a human right as a reinforcing philosophy underlying Yes for Peace upon the suggestion of my long-time friend and silent partner, Undersecretary Severo “Nonoy” Catura, Executive Director of the Presidential Committee on Human Rights chaired by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Nonoy hailed the twin moves of the AFP and the PNP and declared, “I affirm what has been often said that no one desires peace more than those who have seen the horrors of unpeace in our land, brought about by our internal armed conflicts, criminality, and the scourge of illegal drugs that continue to threaten our people’s right to life and liberty.”
Nonoy continued, “Every Filipino citizen deserves to live a life of peace that enables a secured, safe, and prosperous environment wherein one’s fullest human potential may be achieved.”
“That is the force behind the pursuit of this right,” Nonoy concluded.
Nonoy was the Executive Director of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) when an inter-agency Memorandum of Undertaking for the national implementation of Yes for Peace was entered into by the OPAPP, DepEd, the Philippine Information Agency, the National Printing Office, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and Alpha Phi Omega with the organizer of Yes for Peace.
As of today, we are working on the possibility of turning-over the responses of at least 30 Million or whatever we can muster by December 10, 2017, International Human Rights Day, to President Duterte.
Hopefully, he will heed the will of the sovereign Filipino people.
Come, join us in our quest. All one has to do is contribute whatever he or she can contribute from the heart.