Mayor Sara creates committee to talk peace with rebels
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has created a committee that would pursue peace with the New People’s Army on the local level.
Mayor Inday announced the formation of the Davao City Local Peace Committee, or the DC Peace, during her State of the City Address on Tuesday. She said this would be the city government’s initiative to address issues and concerns that involve the insurgents in the city.
She said DC Peace will function as the city government’s negotiating arm with the NPA.
“Because it is the obligation of your duly-elected public officials to pursue just and lasting peace for the city, we have created the Davao City Local Peace Committee, with the objective and the function to manage the localized peace talks with the New People’s Army operating within the area of responsibility of Davao City,” Mayor Inday said.
She said the DC Peace is composed of Maria Luisa Bermudo of the CSSDO, lawyer Elisa Lapina of the City Legal Office, Barangay Malabog Chairman Jessielito Areja, and Archbishop Romulo Valles, along with a few consultants.
Link: EO 34 s. 2017 (AN ORDER CREATING THE DAVAO CITY LOCAL PEACE COMMITTEE CDCPEACE”), DEFINING ITS DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.)
Mayor Inday said the city government was still trying to identify who will chair the committee. She said the chairperson would be coming from the private sector.
She said the tenure of the committee will be until November 2018 if there would be no significant development and movement in the localized peace process.
But even if the committee failed to serve its purpose, Mayor Inday said her administration will pursue other options to attain just and lasting peace in the city.
The only condition she had set for the localized talks was that it should include even those not from the city but have been operating under rebel groups here.
“Not necessarily residents because we understand that some of them come from other provinces. But the talks is only for groups that are in Davao City,” Mayor Inday said. CIO