Archive for September, 2003
By Renato Redentor Constantino
September 27, 2003
Wonder no more why the Bush administration refuses to give a timetable to Iraqi self-government. Days after his $87-billion speech where he called on the Iraqi people to “rise to the responsibilities of a free people,” US President Bush continues to insist that elections and self-rule will not be on his Iraq agenda for some time.
By Rey Claro Casambre
Philippine Peace Center
A year has passed since we first gathered to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Hague Joint Declaration and renew our commitment to advance the struggle for genuine peace.
We called ourselves Pilgrims for Peace as we pledged to embark on a journey that would take us, with our people, to a new land where freedom, democracy and social justice reign.No comments
Peace education is becoming increasingly prominent as the urgent concern and response of schools to the raging issue of war and social conflict. Peace education seeks to impart pro-peace values and address the issues that create understanding, tolerance, justice and peace. The long-term objective is to develop a culture for peace in our conflict-torn planet. Schools and teachers who take a critical and wholistic approach to the current US-led “war on terrorism” and the continuing insurgency and rebellion in the Philippines consider peace education important as the general objective of their curriculum as well as a specific area of teaching.
(January 2001 – June 2003)
January 2001 – During the campaign to oust President Estrada, then Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared that if and when she assumes the presidency, she would “reverse the all-out-war policy of the Estrada government and resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)”. Shortly after being sworn into office, President Macapagal-Arroyo reconstituted the GRP negotiating panels for talks with both the NDFP and MILF.No comments
(Input for the National Peace Conference)
By Rep. Satur Ocampo
Bayan Muna Party-List
September 12, 2003
On behalf of Bayan Muna, the political party of the oppressed and marginalized sectors, I would like to extend my warmest regards to the progressive and patriotic advocates of peace gathered here today at the National Peace Conference. Mabuhay kayo!
By Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI
First published in MindaNews
(Note from MindaNews. This paper was delivered by Cotabato Archbishop
Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., also president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines during the 27th General Assembly of the Bishops’ Businessmen’s Conference in Taguig, Metro Manila, on July 8).
The Roots of Insurgency – the Government’s View
The government’s “National Strategy to Overcome Insurgency” is “restricted information”. Since government officials
presented some of the contents in at least two public conferences, I suppose I am free to speak about it.
Alexander Martin Remollino
PJ C. Villarta
The war on Iraq was waged by the United States (U.S.) supposedly to disarm the country of its alleged weapons of mass destruction and liberate the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein.
U.S. President George W. Bush himself has made admissions to the effect that there may be no need to disarm Iraq at all. There seems to be no sign of Saddam anywhere in Iraq, and his officials have one by one been falling or turning themselves in. These seem to suggest that the U.S. has won the war.
By Renato Redentor Constantino
First printed in TODAY, August 21, 2003
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The title’s a good question.
Because we have forgotten how to remember, we fail to recognize the deceits of our leaders.
“We come not as conquerors, but as liberators,” Bush declared as US forces entered Baghdad.