All Out War: Human Rights in a Time of Peril
Volume 20 Number 2
Friday, 30 June 2006 00:00


We at the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines condemn the recent pronouncement of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declaring an all out war against the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Reportedly, 1 billion pesos will be released to finance the war against the NPA and government’s timetable is to defeat the NPA in “critical areas” in two years.

We believe that human rights violations will rise as a result of this presidential policy statement and the killing spree will continue and worsen in the days ahead.

We fear that more innocent blood will be spilled because of this declaration of all out war. To date, 223 political activists have been killed. Do we need the body count to rise even more for us to realize that war will not lead to lasting peace? Now is not the time to declare war. Now is the time, more than ever, to talk peace. There can be no greater threat to peace than this declaration. More killings, more abductions, more displacements, and more arrests will be the legacy of this administration.

And at the end of two years, this victory will be trumpeted while families grieve, while communities live in fear, while a wife looks for her husband, and a father buries his son.If we are to address the roots of war, then the fight must be against poverty and destitution.

A peace gained through the barrel of a gun is the tranquillity of a graveyard. It cannot be lasting. It can only be empty.We urge government and the CPP-NPA-NDF to heed the peoples cry for peace. Talk of peace. Address the roots of conflict. Silence the guns.

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