17 February 2017
References: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio and Rep. France Castro
ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro join the multisectoral march calling for the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
“The President said that peace talks will not continue unless there is a ‘compelling reason’. But we believe there is no reason more compelling than addressing the roots of poverty affecting our people,” Tinio said. “It is vital for the parties to go back to the table especially now that both panels have already started talking about the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).”
“Instead of fulfilling his promises of releasing all political prisoners especially those who are sick and elderly, Duterte has called for the rearrest of peace consultants while the military and police under his watch are implicated in the killings and arrests of activist leaders of legal mass organizations who are only fighting for just and lasting peace,” Castro said. “We strongly urge the President to foster conditions conducive to peace by honoring previous GRP-NDFP peace agreements such as the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Human Rights.”
Both Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro are principal authors of House Resolution 769 with other Representatives from the Makabayan bloc of progressive party-lists. Supported by a total of 124 solons, HR 769 urges the Duterte administration to resume the peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP. “We call on President Duterte to heed the resounding call both in and out of Congress for the resumption of the peace talks,” Tinio ended.
Reps. Tinio and Castro will join teachers who will assemble at the Philippine Normal University (PNU), Manila at 3 pm and will then march to the Bonifacio Shrine at 4 pm to Stand for Peace. ###