Young Filipinos opposed to the US war on Iraq

Stop the War and Pursue Peace Talks Now!

(Call of the Interfaith Youth to End Hostilities in Sulu and Basilan)
National Interfaith Youth Leaders Conference
Bishop La Verne Mercado Ecumenical Center, NCCP
August 24-27, 2007

Let the deafening cry for peace of our brothers and sisters in Mindanao be heard! May an end to the war be sought in the spirit of justice and lasting peace!

The war in Basilan and Sulu is but the latest chapter in the historical conflict in Mindanao. For the Moro people, bloodshed, displacement, and fear had become a familiar scenario. The vicious cycle of violence had claimed thousands of lives, further insecurity, and human rights violations. The same holds true to the Christians and Indigenous People who are also victims of the war in the affected areas.

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Statement of the Religions for Peace Philippines Interfaith Youth Network

National Youth Leaders Interfaith Cooperation Conference
Bp. La Verne D. Mercado Ecumenical Center,
National Council of Churches in the Philippines
Quezon City, Philippines
August 24-27, 2007

We are youth of diverse backgrounds; our faiths, cultures and traditions differentiate and separate us in many ways. Yet, we are united by our longing for peace, justice, and morality that the dismal situation of our society had denied from us.

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International Response to the Bush Declaration on the Palestinian Right to Retur

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In response to the most recent declaration given by President of the United States, George W. Bush, to Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, on April 14, 2004, at the White House, we, the undersigned affirm the full individual and collective inalienable Right to Return of the Palestinian Arab People to their homes, property and land of origin. We assert in no uncertain terms that such a fundamental right is inviolable as it is based on the unbreakable natural belonging of a people to their property and place of origin, as enshrined in international law. Accordingly, we hold that the Palestinian Right to Return is an indispensable obligatory prerequisite for the achievement of any justice and peace.
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Statement of Iraq Solidarity

We, representatives of various organizations in the Philippines, have formed ourselves into a solidarity alliance called “Iraq Solidarity” in support of the Iraqi people’s intensifying struggle against the illegal occupation of their land and to demand the withdrawal of US, British and other allied troops from Iraq. From our own government, we demand the immediate pullout of Philippine troops in Iraq.

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The Condi Rice Version of History

Laura Flanders, AlterNet
April 7, 2004

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from the chapter “Sweetness and Light: Condoleezza Rice” from Laura Flanders’ new book Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species (Verso Books). For more information about the book, visit
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Release of Political Prisoners: A Promise Long Overdue


Sana hindi mapako. This is the response of human rights groups and relatives of political prisoners to the government promise to release 32 political prisoners within a month starting April 5. The phrase is from the Filipino colloquial term “pangakong napapako” which means a broken promise.

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Renewal and Repentance

by Dennis Espada

As a child, Lent was not my favorite time of the year. It is a week without cartoons on T.V.; a week less playing for children. Church processions, masses and the pabasa–all these are associated with what I call then as a gloomy and boring season. One could not compare this day to the joyous gift-giving activity during Christmas, or to the delightful dating on Valentine’s.

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GMA, Bush To Face War Crimes Tribunal

By Dabet Castaeda

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) joins U.S. President George Bush, Jr. and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in facing an indictment planned to be brought before an international peoples tribunal for the war against Iraq launched on March 20 last year. Filipino lawyers will join international prosecutors in the trial slated this year.
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On the Streets of Iraq: A Review of Musikang Bayan’s Songs for Peace

by Dennis Espada

Music is incomparable as a medium for chronicling history. In every piece of uniquely-assembled notes and lyrics, a composer can accurately depict the nature of both war and peace. This is what the alternative cultural group Musikang Bayan (Peoples Music) has done in its new album called Songs for Peace.
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Sa Pagbagsak ng Pro-US na si Aznar, Pagkatalo ni Arroyo, Inaasahan –Gabriela

“Nagsisimula nang magbayad ang mga tuta ng Estados Unidos.”

Ito ang obserbasyon ni GABRIELA Womens Partylist President at 1st Nominee na si Liza Largoza Maza, kasabay ng pagpapahayag nito na sa kabila ng mga nilulutong sarbey ay tiyak na rin ang pagkatalo ni Gng. Arroyo sa darating na halalan sa Mayo.
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One Year After: Continuing Genocide

By Filipino Youth for Peace

On the first anniversary of the US air strikes on Iraq, we young Filipino peace advocates remember how a year ago, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tried all manners of deceit in an effort to convince us of the supposed justness of these attacks. She was the US spokesperson in the Philippines, mouthing the White Houses line that the war on Iraq was meant to eliminate erstwhile Iraqi leader Saddam Husseins supposed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction and thereby preempt his terroristic plots.
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NDFP announcement of the Resumption of Formal Peace Talks

NDFP announcement of the Resumption of Formal Peace Talks with the GRP
Negotiating Panel
National Democratic Front of the Philippines
January 13, 2004

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Analysis: Another Standoff in GRP-NDFP Talks Looms

The lack of sincerity of the GRP in forging peace with the NDFP and the
continued foreign meddling are proving to be the main obstacles to the
peace process. The government remains bound to its archaic and
inflexible position that the only way to peace is for the NDFP to
surrender. What the GRP is asking is not peace but a prolonged war.

By Bobby Tuazon
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Humanizing the War: GRP, NDFP form body to monitor HR agreement

The Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) will receive complaints relating to
violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by forces
of both the GRP and NDFP and all relevant information, and to initiate
recommendations or requests for the implementation of the CARHRIHL.

By Alexander Martin Remollino
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Two Days in an NPA Camp

What the journalists who covered the joint CPP-CPDF press conference
saw were real human beings, real people who could have been their younger
brothers, their elder sisters, their classmatesnormal people who could
have been living normal lives were it not for abnormal circumstances
rooted in an abnormal society.

By Alexander Martin Remollino
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