Solons Push Deal With Reds
Both administration and opposition lawmakers are counting on the government to sign a final peace pact with communist rebels under the leadership of President Benigno S. Aquino III.
Citing the social cost of the war, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone asked all concerned sectors to help both panels in their peacekeeping initiatives.
“We all want peace. All sectors should help the government and the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) on how they can forge a lasting peace agreement. So many lives have already been wasted because of this war,” he said.
Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong, who once served as Justice Secretary, said both parties should seriously pursue the peace talks to attain lasting peace.
“The peace agreement can be attained through peace talks with both parties seriously and sincerely interested to have peace,” he said.
Marcoleta agreed with his colleagues, saying Aquino should seize the public trust and confidence he enjoyed in pursuing the talks.
“Trust is an essential element that builds confidence on both sides that aim for lasting peace. As long as the Aquino administration enjoys the people’s trust, there is a good chance to achieve this goal,” he said.
For his part, AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe expressed optimism that “peace can be achieved, especially that communism and revolution have already become a thing of the past and antiquated in an era of globalization and information technology.”