BAGUIO CITY — The head of the NDFP negotiating panel expressed their openness to study the proposal made by the head of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) of how to utilize the local peace talks to advance the over-all peace negotiations.
JONES, Isabela — Nagdulot ng takot at pangamba sa ng mga residente at mga lokal na opisyal ang mala-Martial Law na kalagayan sa Barangay Sta. Isabel, Jones, Isabela sanhi ng pagdating at paghimpil ng pwersa ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mula pa noong Hulyo. Ang presensiya ng militar ay bahagi umano ng pagpapaigting nila ng operasyon laban sa New People’s Army at pagpapatupad ng Community Support Program (CSP)sa ilalim ng Oplan Kapayapaan ng administrasyong Duterte.
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BAGUIO CITY — Church leaders from the different Christian denominations in Northern Luzon met in the city on August 27-28 to affirm their commitment for peace building. The gathering aimed to provide updates on the peace talks between the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and present the overview of the draft Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).
A Catholic leader sees localized peace talks working and complimenting the peace efforts between the GRP and NDFP if utilized as means to promote and discuss the overall agenda of the talks and the proposals of both parties to the wider public.
The president has declared anew that he could not deal with the revolutionary left citing the spate of tactical offensives and the alleged demand for coalition government.
Quoting the president, “I have terminated the talks with the Reds – Communist Party of the Philippines, with Sison because in the series of agreements before, even the time of Aquino, they entered into so many things that scattered the privileges and power which they wanted.” He said this during the launch of the “Pilipinas Angat Lahat Alliance” in Malacanang last Tuesday.
GRP-NDFP Peace Talks have bogged down indefinitely. Duterte and his generals would rant ad infinitum that the left is not sincere in entering into a peace agreement with the regime, ergo, it must be scuttled.
The Duterte government is now moving heaven and earth to push for localized peace talks. This is not the first time. During Corazon Aquino regime, regional talks were also held parallel to the national talks. The talks eventually collapsed after the Mendiola massacre. This was quite costly to the revolutionary movement as key regional leaders and staff were identified and profiled. Many would soon be arrested, detained, and some assassinated or disappeared. It was from this experience that lessons were drawn. All succeeding peace talks would then be held in a foreign neutral venue.
Jose Maria Sison, the chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Monday, July 16, elaborated five reasons why the localized negotiations promoted by the Duterte government is “absurd and stupid”.
The Communist Party of the Philippines and members of the revolutionary movement in Northern Luzon dismissed the government’s call for ‘localized’ peace negotiations.
It would look like the president is afraid of losing in the peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH or GRP) when he called it off again early last month. Through back channel talks it was reported that the negotiations were to resume on the 28th of June. As if using the Filipino movie line, “sandali, mahirap na, kailangang maging sigurista tayo,” and then says that he needs three months to study the papers of the talks.
A review of what happened during the back-channel talks is imperative. Last March, the GRP Panel informed the NDFP Panel that it wanted to hold informal talks to discuss how the formal talks could be resumed in June 2018. This is de facto nullification of GRP’s Proclamation 360 which unilaterally and improperly declared the “termination” not only of the formal talks but the entire peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP.