The leadership of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente lauds the action of the representatives of the GRP and the NDFP at its Decemmber 21, 2019 meeting to recommend the declaration of ceasefire between December 23, 2019 to Janiary 7, 2020. This is a positive development towards the revival of the stalled peace talks as it sets the mood for the holding of informal talks preparatory for the formal meeting to resume the peace process.

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente believes that the peace talks remains as the only viable resort to end the armed conflict besetting the country for half a century now. This new development brought about by the continued backchanneling among key persons from the GRP and NDFP gives fresh hope to the Filipino people to finally achieve a negotiated, just and lasting peace and resolve basic social problems that spawned the armed conflict.

As recalled, before the peace talks collapsed the negotiating panels of the GRP and NDFP were about to discuss and forge agreement about socio-economic reforms through national industrialization and agrarian reform and about political and constitutional reforms.

The leadership of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente highly commend and thank the GRP representatives, Sec Silvestre Bello and Hernani Braganza, and NDFP representatives, Luis Jalandoni and Fidel Agcaoili, for coming up with the recommendation. We ask both the GRP and NDFP to proceed now with the declaration of reciprocal and unilateral ceasefire within the said period. We ask the Filipino people to pray for, work out and support this move and make the Christmas period as truly consistent to the will of the Lord Jesus who is the Prince of Peace.

++ RHEE
Obispo Maximo

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