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The Church leaders urged the vice president “to dialogue with peace advocates, civil libertarians, and victims of violations of human rights"
The group said that contrary to the name of the task force to end local armed conflicts, “[it] becomes a hindrance to the promise of peace”
Kapayapaan and Pilgrims for Peace said Robredo's statement is “a positive sign that she would not endorse a purely militarist solution"
The election is a key provision in a 2014 peace agreement aimed at ending conflict and is due to take place in May 2022
The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform said the designation “tragically closes the door to a peaceful resolution of the (armed) conflict”
The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform made the call a week after a bomb explosion in Masbate City killed two people
Former priest Rustico Tan was killed in Cebu while peace consultant Reynaldo Bocala and his aide were killed in Iloilo province
The church leaders warn that the move “will have far-reaching and adverse repercussions” on the peace process
The peace group said the arrest "casts doubt" on the sincerity of the government's call to rebels to lay down their arms