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Roque: Localized peace talks intended for rebels on ground, not those living abroad

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Malaca​ñ​ang rebuked the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) pronouncements shooting down the localized peace talks set to be pursued by the Duterte administration.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque dismissed any significance of the rejection of the CPP in participating in the localized peace negotiations.

“The government’s offer for localized peace talks is to those fighting insurgents on the ground and not to their alleged leaders living comfortable lives in Europe,” Roque said.

The Palace official was obviously referring to CCP founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison who has been in exile in the Netherlands after the Marcos regime ended.

“We will await responses of those who are risking their lives and limbs on what appears to be a hopeless cause,” he said.

The CPP issued the statement after Malacanang announced that it will soon issue an Executive Order (EO) setting the guidelines for the conduct of the localized peace talks to be participated in by local government officials.

They called such effort as a “sham, a waste of people’s money”, adding that it is doom to fail since it’s a worn-out psywar tactic to project victory to conceal the continuing failure of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in suppressing the steady growth of the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).