Seek Truth. Work for Justice. Wage Peace.
Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All!
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) stands for truth. We would like to know what really happened at Mamasapano. We would like to determine accountability and command responsibility for the loss of lives which now threatens the peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF.
TFDP stands for justice. When accountability is determined by an independent body, then the wheels of justice can begin to turn. Justice not only for the Fallen 44, but Justice for All!
TFDP stands for peace and reconciliation. Moslem Mindanao has had wars and conflicts for more than forty years. The peace agreement between government and the MILF is another step towards the path of peace. We have no illusions that it will suddenly bring peace in the conflict-torn areas and communities, but waging peace and engaging in dialogue are infinitely better than shooting at each other. War makes victims of us all!
TFDP journeys with all peacemakers and peace builders. Mindanao will fully develop if we recognize the diversity of its peoples and their cultures. Shalom or wholeness of being comes from the acceptance of differences. Let not hatred and vengeance reign in our hearts! Silence is necessary to embrace the faith and fate of the other. Let dignity and human rights be our starting point.
TFDP recalls these words: Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow – to seek truth, to work for justice, to wage peace! Justice for the Fallen, Justice for All!
Emmanuel C. Amistad
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
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