STATEMENT ON THE MAMASAPANO INCIDENT AND THE PEACE PROCESS

“We urge the youth — Christians and Muslims and Indigenous — to work together in building stronger solidarity and a shared vision of nationhood.We urge them to voice their opinions on the peace process in which they have the biggest stake. It is for the youth that we offer a continuing quest for peace because peace is a legacy that we, adult Filipinos hope to bequeath to the succeeding generations.”

In solidarity with Professors For Peace.

Professors for Peace

We, the undersigned academics, teachers, public intellectuals, policy analysts and researchers are issuing this joint statement to call for sobriety and more evidence-based discussion and debate to inform the country’s next steps on the peace process in Mindanao.

We join many others in demanding justice for our fellow Filipinos who died on 25 January in Mamasapano — not just the 44 men of the PNP-Special Action Force (including 2 Muslim officers), but also the 18 men from the MILF, and the 5 civilians living in the area.

We commend the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for their professionalism and sacrifice in defending the Constitution, protecting all Filipinos, and preserving the peace agreement.

We are alarmed by the hatred and bigotry surfacing in both traditional and social media; and we call on all media to pursue more stringent fact-based reporting at this critical point in the…

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