In part an expression of solidarity with the victims of the Roxas bombing, Gus Miclat of the Initiatives for Internationl Dialogue helped local groups organize the “Barug Dabaw: Barug Kalinaw” International Day of Peace observance in Davao City last September 21. Davao City’s history of dealing with violent acts and attacks from the past (Martial Law) to the present (Roxas bombing), served as the backdrop in showing the world Davao’s resiliency and continuing desire for peace. A combination silent-march, solidarity dinner with the vendor community of Roxas and the “Huni sa Kalinaw” peace concert capped the one-day event.
Gus Miclat, of Initiatives for International Dialogue, which also serves as secretariat for the All-Out Peace platform, explains the objectives and value for the “Barug Dabaw, Barug Mindanaw” day of peace observance slated for September 21.
General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect Statement by Mr. Gus Miclat, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect
As these past and ongoing situations from my region all too clearly show, one of the most perplexing obstacles that RtoP faces is the failure to invest in prevention. As the Secretary-General iterated, rhetorical support for atrocity prevention itself does not protect populations from atrocity crimes. A failure to turn commitments into concrete action not only costs innocent lives, but also forces the international community to fall back on coercive measures, which are costlier to mobilize and themselves can have destructive effects. The ICRtoP appeals to States to recommit to the prevention of atrocities by taking concerted action to institutionalize preventive measures and policies at the national, regional, and international levels.
It is with sadness that the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) condoles with the families of those who lost loved ones to the senseless terrorist act of September 1 in Davao City. In the midst of the evening’s gaiety and in the common clasp of family and friends, 14 innocents were brutally and violently ripped from our midst, and 67 others were left scarred by this single, heartless and cold-blooded act of terror. With them all and together with the citizens of Davao, we now mourn and send our prayers. Less visible yet equally painful to us are the fresh wounds left on the psyche of Davao’s people, along with the rest of us working worldwide in seeking a more peace-filled and just world.
The Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity.
IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor.