The Armyis calling on all forces in Negros Occidental to light candles for peaceon Friday as part of the culminating rites of the National PeaceConsciousness Month, Col. Jon Aying, deputy commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said yesterday.
While only the President can declare a suspension of military operations, he said the whole of the 303rd Brigade in Negros Occidentalwill observe the celebration of peace on Friday.
The 30rd Infantry Brigade forceswill continuecommunity security operations but will hold prayers and peace discussions in the areas where they are located, he said.
They are inviting rebel forces in the province to also observe the day of peace, in the hope of achievingfuture lasting peace that would triggersustainable development, Aying added.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has also issued a memorandum calling onthe mayors of Negros Occidental to hold “Light a Candle for Peace”rites in their towns and cities 5:30 p.m. Friday simultaneously with the provincial government’s activity at Provincial Capitol Park in Bacolod City.
The activity, to be participated in by multi-sectoral groups, is in line with the declaration of September as National Peace Consciousness Month, he said.
The Negros Occidental Sanggunianlast week also passed a resolution supporting National Peace Consciousness Month and calling on all LGUs to hold “Light a Candle for Peace” rites.
The event aims to encourage Filipinosto involve themselves in the peace process, instill in the Filipinos the desire to havejust and lasting peace, and to promote the achievement of the government’s peace building initiatives, the SP resolution said.*CPG