Press Release
August 12, 2008


I appeal to the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to both declare ceasefire for the sake of the hundred-thousands internally displaced persons who were caught in the recent clashes in North Cotabato. Let's go back to the negotiating table.

Efforts exhausted in the previous series of peace talks will all be put to waste if the fire-fighting will keep on going. Peace can not be achieved with sounds of gunfire. We can not genuinely talk peace if we let bullets talk for us.

We must lay down our arms. The MILF should bear in mind that they are putting in peril not only the innocent civilians, but also our aspiration for peace in the South.

Sankaterbang dugo na ang dumanak sa North Cotabato at sa iba pang panig ng Mindanao . Hinahamon ko na kapwa magpakatotoo ang AFP at MILF sa magkatulad nilang pahayag na gusto nila ay kapayapaan at kaayusan. Wala nang dapat patunayan pa, hindi na dapat magpakitang-gilas pa. Hindi mapapairal ang kaayusan at kapayapaan na may pananakot at kaguluhan.

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