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Seek Truth. Work for Justice. Wage Peace. Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All!
On Peace
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:10
Seek Truth. Work for Justice. Wage Peace.
Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All!

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) stands for truth. We would like to know what really happened at Mamasapano. We would like to determine accountability and command responsibility for the loss of lives which now threatens the peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF.

TFDP stands for justice. When accountability is determined by an independent body, then the wheels of justice can begin to turn. Justice not only for the Fallen 44, but Justice for All!

TFDP stands for peace and reconciliation. Moslem Mindanao has had wars and conflicts for more than forty years. The peace agreement between government and the MILF is another step towards the path of peace. We have no illusions that it will suddenly bring peace in the conflict-torn areas and communities, but waging peace and engaging in dialogue are infinitely better than shooting at each other. War makes victims of us all!

TFDP journeys with all peacemakers and peace builders. Mindanao will fully develop if we recognize the diversity of its peoples and their cultures. Shalom or wholeness of being comes from the acceptance of differences. Let not hatred and vengeance reign in our hearts! Silence is necessary to embrace the faith and fate of the other. Let dignity and human rights be our starting point.

TFDP recalls these words: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow – to seek truth, to work for justice, to wage peace! Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All!

Emmanuel C. Amistad
Executive Director
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
 
Human Rights After the First Days of the Aquino Administration
On Peace
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 19:12

Human Rights After the First Days of the Aquino Administration

(This article was published in 1986 by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) “Philippine Human Rights Update”)

 

PHRU_1986_cover_smallNo measure of brutality could underscore military abuses committed against thousands of defenseless civilians in both city and hinterland areas where popular protest mounted against despotic and bloodthirsty Marcos regime. Last year, almost all totals from most categories of human rights violations soared to unprecedented levels in what clearly resulted from the Marcos regime’s last ditch attempt to perpetuate itself in power in the face of insurmountable protest.

 

Defeated finally by the millions who poured out into the streets last February, the hated Marcoses together with their cronies fled and left behind massive foreign debts shackled to the country’s emaciated economy, notwithstanding voluminous cases of human rights violations awaiting justice.

 

The Aquino administration brought bright prospects for human rights in the country by releasing political prisoners and by creating an unimpeachable body, the Presidential Committee for Human Rights, to investigate all transgression of human rights.

 

But hardly had all political prisoners been released when grumblings from within the Reform the AFP (RAM) turned to forceful proddings not to release the detainees, particularly the so-called hard-core communists. One senior top brass RAMist warned the new government that the releases would “demoralize” the troops.

 

Post-Marcos dictatorship campaigns for justice initiated by aggrieved relatives and victims of military abuses, particularly the ongoing campaigns by FIND, SELDA, MARTYR and by peasant in strife-torn areas, had yet to win any decisive result when new cases of human rights violations began to be reported anew with alarming frequency throughout the country. One very recent case involved a member of FIND who was intimidated by a military man to stop pursuing the leads on her son’s abduction and disappearance. Most of the cases, however, were of the same vicious violations engendered during the Marcos regime.

 

Indeed, widespread euphoria over the erstwhile regime’s ouster had barely dissipated when militarization again wrought havoc across the land and notched more violations of human rights. Intensified counter-insurgency operations is still the order of the day in Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Cagayan Valley. Negros and in suspected NPA strongholds all over the country.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 19:17
 
Sincerity, transparency pressed in government and NDF peace talks
On Peace
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:12

Manindigan_sa_PT_by_John_Alster_Soriano3Photo by Jphn Alster Soriano (MAG)

Manindigan sa Peace Talks!

Press Release
February 15, 2011


A civil society movement of peace advocates, non-government organizations and people’s organizations called as “Manindigan para sa Peace Talks” pressed for sincerity and transparency upon the resumption of formal talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We believe that peace is our right and peace building is responsibility of all. The resumption of the peace talks between the government and the NDFP offers an opportunity to come to terms with the country’s best interests and work for peace that had eluded us for so long,” said Sr. Arnold Maria Noel, SSps of the Manindigan para sa Peace Talks.

Both the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the government agreed to hold formal talks on February 15-21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Government which has been acting as Third Party Facilitator since 2001.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:06
 
Manindigan para sa peace talks!
On Peace
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:58
UNITY MANIFESTO

We stand together in asserting that peace is our right as a people and peacebuilding is responsibility of all.

The long standing war between the Government of the Philippines and the Communist Party of the Philippines –New People’s Army –National Democratic Front must end. Peace talks are an essential mechanism in achieving the political settlement of the protracted armed conflict. The peace negotiations help ensure the commitment of both parties on reduction of human rights and humanitarian violations.

We believe that the peace talks will lead to and should go hand in hand with the adoption of comprehensive social reforms and ending of hostilities. Peace talks present the opportunity for communities to live in peace.

With these in mind, Manindigan para sa Peace Talks, a civil society movement of peace advocates, NGOs and people’s organizations united as stakeholders in the peace process, call for the following:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 10:12
 
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