MANILA, Sept. 28 (PIA) – Opposition lawmakers have recently found a common ground with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through ongoing natiowide peace education, advocacy, and development campaign Yes for Peace – Bayanihan ng Bayan.
Senators Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino expressed their support to the goals of Yes for Peace after responding to a request made by its lead organizer Ernesto Angeles Alcanzare and Roel Erguiza Fernandez, president of the Alpha Phi Omega Philippines, Incorporated.
Pangilinan, the Liberal Party president, in his message to Yes for Peace said, “The Philippines has been at war with itself for decades now. Self determination toward sustainable development has been a common demand of insurgents. When we all work together to meet everyone’s rights to food, water, shelter, health services, education, and other basic needs to a decent life, we work toward ending conflict and for lasting peace.”
“Your initiative is a call for all of us to work hand-in-hand so that we may achieve a sustainable and lasting peace in our country and elsewhere,” the senator said.
“Your success in your pursuit for peace is everyone’s success,” he added.
Likewise, Aquino, chair of the Senate Education Committee, wrote, “In these ever divisive times, we need organizations like yours to remind us that progress and prosperity for all can only be achieved when we look past our differences and work together for our countrymen, especially those who have the least in society.”
Aquino assured the group, “Maaasahan niyo ang aming suporta sa Senado. Nagkakaisa kami sa inyong layuning lumikha ng mapayapa, maunlad at masaganang Pilipinas.” (You can count on our support in the Senate. We are one with you toward your goal of creating a peaceful, progressive, and bountiful Philippines.)
Earlier, Duterte, in his message for the campaign’s “10 Weeks, 50 Stops” Peace and Development Caravan said, “I recognize this noble undertaking of Yes for Peace – Bayanihan ng Bayan because it ptomotes a newfound culture of harmony and cooperation among communities and across our regions. I am also glad that many government agencies and partners are participating in this project.”
The President then made a call, “Together, let us show our solidarity in effecting real and lasting change in our society.”
For his part, Alcanzare said that they are now working for the “upward declaration” of Yes for Peace Zones from the barangays to the cities and municipalities, to the provinces to the regions, and finally, to the whole country.
“We are eyeing Davao City as the pilot area for the initiative with the help of the city’s Liga ng Barangay President Edgar Ibunay and Davao City Mayor Inday Sarah Duterte–Carpio,” he said. (PIA-NCR)
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