Filipino people should own peace process – GPH panel member Print
Sunday, 29 May 2011 16:45

An official of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) peace panel said Filipinos are legitimate owners of the peace process.

GPH peace panel member Ednar Dayanghirang stressed that the Filipino people should have a stake in the peace process, recognizing the power they have to keep both parties on the negotiating table.

Dayanghirang, who chairs the GPH Reciprocal Working Committee on Socio-Economic Reforms, said this as the GPH prepares to undertake discussions with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP) regarding the draft Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER).

“It is the Filipino people who should own the peace process. They have the power to make the peace talks stronger by putting pressure on both the government and the NDFP to continue resolving the problems (that drive conflicts),” he said.

Dayanghirang pointed out the need for Filipinos to get involved. “Their vigilance over this issue will make sure that all these talks are not just for show. It should not be all dribble, the goal here is to shoot the ball,” he added.