[Statement of the Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Inc. (PAFI) about the statement of foreign ambassadors grouped as the so-called “International Supporters for Peace in the Philippines.”]
LAST 15 October 2015, a group of Foreign Ambassadors and heads of mission calling themselves “International Supporters for Peace in the Philippines” gathered at a public venue in Makati and ceremoniously signed and issued a statement to local and foreign media “calling on all concerned to remain engaged in the peace process to give life to the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro and to the long term political, economic, and social pillar that will bring the peace dividend in the country as a whole.”
The Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Incorporated, while it notes with appreciation the interest of the abovementioned group in the peace process in Mindanao, finds it unseemly for foreign diplomats of foreign countries to make joint, open, public, and judgmental declarations on a matter that is of purely domestic concern of their host country and that remains a matter of active debate among responsible segments of the country’s citizenry. The deliberate, blatant, and grave violation by the group of the diplomat’s time-honored rule of non-interference in domestic affairs of other countries is worse compounded by its apparent disregard for the Constitutional processes of the country inasmuch as the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is under consideration by the Congress of the Philippines and the constitutionality of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro has been questioned and is sub judice in the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
The Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Incorporated hopes that the Department of Foreign Affairs will take appropriate steps in order that this affair will not set a precedent for the future conduct of the diplomatic corps in the Philippines.
LAURO L. BAJA