Chair appointed to GRP Peace Panel
Julio Teehankee of the Political Science Department was recently
appointed to a committee under the Philippine government panel
negotiating peace with armed groups.
He will work with the Reciprocal Working Committee on Political
and Constitutional Reforms (RWC-PCR). The government is into
peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines, the
New People’s Army, and the National Democratic Front. Government
Panel Chair Silvestre Bello III made the appointment. Subsequently,
Teehankee shall be confirmed by the Presidential Adviser on
the Peace Process Eduardo Ermita.
Pursuant to the Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, both parties
shall conduct peace negotiations on four areas: human rights
and international humanitarian law; social and economic reforms;
political and constitutional reforms; and end of hostilities
and disposition of forces, with the end view of resolving
the armed conflict that has raged four decades. The government
and the NDF shall form their respective Reciprocal Working
Committees to negotiate the details of each agenda.
Former Constitutional Commissioner and sectoral representative
Atty. Jose Luis Martin Gascon shall chair the RWC-PCR. Atty.
Gascon teaches part-time with the Political Science Department.
Peace talks with the NDF were formally resumed in April 2001
but were temporarily suspended due to political issues raised
against the rebel groups. However, back-channeling efforts
are being undertaken to enable both sides to agree on creative
solutions that will break the impasse in the talks.