LUCENA CITY, Philippines — A Catholic priest in Quezon province has appealed to the government and New People’s Army rebels to resume the stalled peace talks.
“Give peace a chance to reign in our country. Both parties must learn to look after the good of our land. They have to come to a mutual agreement for the benefit of our people,” said Catholic charismatic priest Father Joey Faller in a mobile phone interview.
“Peace, according to the late Pope John Paul II, is not the absence of war but a condition of love,” he said.
Faller, who is based in Lucban town, said the peace negotiators from the government and the communist-led National Democratic Front should follow the guidelines and parameters set by both parties.
Amid efforts to revive the stalled peace negotiations, communities in northern Quezon are preparing to declare their area as a peace sanctuary. Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon