DALY CITY, Calif. – Prayers and condolences were offered to the victims of last week’s Davao City bombings.
Jessica Antonio of BAYAN USA said, “Our point is to also gather that we advocate for peace by any means necessary, whether through grass roots organizing, fundraising for the victims of the families, and really putting out an agenda for peace in the Philippines.”
Kababayans in attendance say that the attack comes at a crucial time during ongoing peace talks between the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF).
“It was really, truly a victory for the resumption of peace talks between the NDF and the GPH but when things like that actually happen there are people, agencies, and even other governments that don’t want the peace talks to happen,” said Antonio.
Aurora Victoria Herrera David of NAFCON adds, “It is the interest of the United States for the peace talks not to succeed. It’s in the interest of the United States for poverty to remain in the Philippines because that would mean the Philippines would remain dependent on the United States.”
A similar gathering took place in New York City put on by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.
Meanwhile in the Philippines the police released a composite sketch of the primary suspect in the Davao City blast.
This main suspect is also one of the four persons of interest earlier identified by the police.
As of now, the suspect is the sketch is not linked to Abu Sayyeb, which is the faction of the Islamic state group who claimed responsibility for the blast.