Call for peace: 103 solons sign resolution to resume talks

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House in plenary (file)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It may be an old cliché but over a hundred members of the House of Representatives are saying one thing: Give peace another chance.

On Thursday, 103 congressmen signed House Resolution 769 — urging President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace negotiations with the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

The resolution cited what it called "unprecedented and significant advances made on the substantive agenda" of the terminated negotiations.

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Among these advances was the discussion of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER), which aims to address the chronic poverty situation in the country, the statement said.

Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate says lawmakers from different groups crossed party lines for this common goal.

Zarate cited that the President said the government would go back to the negotiating table shoud there be a compelling reason.

And a compelling reason, there is — according to the lawmaker.

"To us the compelling reason ay ang paghahanap ng mga mamamayan ng tunay, may hustisya at matagalang kapayapaan sa ating bayan," Zarate said.

[Translation: The compelling reason that we see is the people's desire for a just and lasting peace in our land.]

He added that lawmakers hoped to send the message to the President to give chance to the mechanisms that are supposed to address issues like the violations on the ceasefire agreement.

Duterte had called off the ceasefire deal with communist rebels last Friday and terminated the peace talks with the Left the next day — in the wake of guerrilla attacks on government forces and citing the Reds' "impossible" demands.

The Communist Party of the Philippines had lashed out at the President for what it described as an "arbitrary" move to end the talks.

CNN Philippines' Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.