Cabinet secretary joins human chain for peace

Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano joined this morning’s Human Chain for Just and Lasting Peace at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

In anticipation of the resumption of formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Oslo, Norway in August, the activity is one of the support activities organized by progressive organizations.

Mariano said he hopes the peace talks would finally address the issues included in the socio-economic agenda, such as agrarian reform.

Human rights defenders for their part called for the release of NDFP peace consultants, elderly and sickly political detainees before the talks.