Peace Process

Are you in favour of stopping government’s “all-out war” policy as the means of resolving armed conflicts and instead pursue the current peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front?


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Formal peace talks with NDFP stalled since August 2004

  • Non-implementation of Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL)
  • No talks on Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER)

Peace talks with MILF erratic since aborted MOA-AD in August 2008

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Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino Jr.

Liberal Party

  • Has no clear stand on peace talks except that he believes the root causes must be addressed to get to the right solutions.

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John Carlos “JC” Gordon Delos Reyes

Ang Kapatiran Party

  • Has no clear stand on peace talks although the party platform on peace and order proposes a general amnesty and financial rewards “with no questions asked and without incurring any criminal or civil liability” for those voluntarily surrendering unlicensed firearms.

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Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada

Partido ng Masang Pilipino

  • Launched an ‘all-out war in Mindanao’ against Moro communities.
  • Implemented the counter-insurgency campaign Oplan Makabayan during his term.

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Richard Juico “Dick” Gordon

Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines (B.BAYAN-VNP)

  • Believes that the solution to armed conflict in Mindanao is progress and “meaningful autonomy”.

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Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal-Valade

Independent

  • Platform supports “sincere” negotiations with the NDF and MILF based on social justice, national sovereignty and genuine reforms.

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Nicanor Jesus “Nicky” Pineda Perlas III

Independent

  • Favors renegotiating the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) with special provisions, among others, for adequate consultation on both Muslim and Christian sides.
  • Vows to reopen negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and ensure that all peace negotiations are anchored on government’s will

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Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo ”Gibo” Cojuangco Teodoro, Jr

Lakas ng Tao-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (LAKAS-KAMPI)

  • Does not believe that social, economic and political problems are the root causes of armed conflict and is categorically opposed to negotiations between parties as equals.
  • Has expressed frustration with the ‘winning hearts and minds’ approach, indeed blaming this for the lingering insurgency, and advocates increasing the use of the state’s coercive powers and armed forces.

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Eduardo “Eddie” Cruz Villanueva

Bangon Pilipinas (BP)

  • Vows to take long-term steps for the peace agenda including equitable distribution of national wealth and income, federalism, focus on the agricultural sector, distribution of abandoned lands for poverty alleviation, putting up of basic facilities, and the reorientation of the AFP-PNP.

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Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar Jr.

Nacionalista Party

  • Believes that the peace process should continue but also thinks that peace can be attained by strengthening and modernizing the AFP.
  • Says that the problem of armed conflict can be solved through economic development.
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