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Duterte told: Lift proclamation terminating peace talks with Reds first

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By Prince Golez

The resumption of peace talks with the government is “doubtful,” said the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), noting that the proclamation ending the peace negotiations “remains in place.”

The CPP issued the statement Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said that communist leaders are “insisting” on resuming the talks.

“The CPP and the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) is keenly aware that the prevailing political environment under the Duterte regime is not conducive to resuming peace negotiations,” the rebels in a statement said.

“Peace talks cannot be resumed as long as Duterte’s 2017 proclamation terminating peace negotiations remains in place,” they added.

The revolutionary group pointed out the widespread killings by Duterte’s agents in Negros and across the country, continuing incarceration of leading NDFP consultants, and the recent arrest and detention of two members of the NDFP peace staff have worsened the situation.

But, the communist rebels said they remain open to possibilities for a peace process.

“The NDFP is ever heedful of the clamor of various sectors for the resumption of peace negotiations amid Duterte’s all-out war,” the CPP concluded.

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