February 8, 2017
STATEMENT OF SEN. PANGILINAN ON GOVT CALL FOR ALL-OUT WAR
This communist insurgency, which has resulted in the killing of Filipino by fellow Filipino, has been going on for nearly half a century. He has been President just six months. Giving up on peace and declaring all-out war just six months into his Presidency, I believe, with due respect, is being rash and impulsive. It is crucial that the administration take a broader view of the challenges and demands of peace negotiations. We need greater patience and understanding rather than anger and the ease to resort to violence and more killings.
In the path to peace, we all need to exercise greater restraint, patience, and tolerance rather than be quick to allow anger, intolerance, and the violence of war to overcome us all.
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