Giyera na uli! Duterte formally ends peace talks with Reds
President Rodrigo Duterte has formally ended the government’s peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines – The New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA).
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (November 23) announced that Duterte has signed Proclamation 360 ending the peace talks with communists.
Roque said Duterte has also directed the office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza and the government panel for the peace talks to cancel negotiations with the NDF-CPP-NPA.
“While we agreed to resume peace talks with the aforementioned group and exerted our best efforts to accelerate the signing and implementation of the final peace agreement, the NDF-CPP-NPA has engaged in acts of violence and hostilities,” he added.
Roque said it was “unfortunate” that the communists failed to show “sincerity and commitment” in the peace talks.
He said Duterte has alwats wanted to achieve peace and even “walked the extra mile” to achieve it.
“Rest assured that he will continuously pray that we may all find the peace that we seek for our beloved country in the fullness of God’s time,” Roque said.
In several speeches this week, Duterte said he no longer wants to talk to the communists because of the atrocities committed by the NPA, the latest of which included the ambush of a cop and four-month-old baby in Bukidnon on November 10.
The President said he wants to declare the NPA as a terrorist group because of its attacks.
With the termination of the peace talks, it is expected that fighting between government troops and NPA rebels will heighten once again.
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