The Gathering for Peace (GFP) coalition was convened in October, 2001 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on America, as an expression of Filipino organizations and individuals who came together to make a collective stand for peace. The coalition was formally launched on February 12, 2002 with the issuance of a Declaration of Unity Against U.S. Military Intervention in the Philippines that pledges "the broadest unity and to affirm a common commitment to defend Philippine national sovereignty against foreign intervention", and, "to vigorously oppose the current U.S. military operations and any form of US intervention in Philippine affairs." GFP opposes the use of state and paramilitary terror to oppose so-called terrorism, as well as the resort to repressive legislation that would stifle civil and political rights. GFP will resist all forms of U.S. military and political intervention in the Philippines as well as the restoration of U.S. bases, U.S. facilities, or U.S. troops under any pretext.
The Convenors of the Gathering for Peace are the following: former Senate President Jovito Salonga, former Senator Wigberto Tanada, Ms. Cookie Diokno, Mrs. Nini Quezon-Avancena, Atty. Corazon Fabros and University of the Philippines Professor Roland Simbulan.
The Gathering for Peace brings together a broad-based coalition of different organizations and individuals from civil society, political blocs, people's organizations and NGOs, political parties, political and church organizations from all over the country, making its formation one of the most significant peace initiatives post 9-11.
Today, the GFP is a loose, broad, centrally-coordinated activist campaign center and a coalition of 51 non-government organizations, people’s organizations, political blocs and individuals promoting peace and national sovereignty and opposing US military intervention in the Philippines.
GFP Secretariat, PRRM Building,
56 Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City
Call Lenard, Ember, Divine
Tel. 372-4989 or 372-4991
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in 2002