Human rights group, church peace forum call for peace talks resumption
“Karapatan strongly urges President Rodrigo R. Duterte to rethink his statement on the termination of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)” opened the human rights group in a February 6 statement.
The group believed that the Duterte’s backing out from peace talks will bring more suffering to the people and pointed out the Philippine military as perpetrators of human rights violations during the time of ceasefire and active phase of peace negotiations from June 2016 to January 2017.
“Pres. Duterte should see that one big roadblock is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) being warmongers and peace saboteurs, within and outside the peace process,” continued the statement.
Karapatan cited political killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and detention, threats and harassment of village residents were perpetrated by the AFP without let-up, exposing the GRP’s unilateral ceasefire “as a sham.”