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The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) wants to discuss the possible resumption of peace talks with Vice President Leni Robredo, but with the end goal of ousting President Rodrigo Duterte.

An article on the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) website quoted NDFP negotiating panel interim chairperson Julie de Lima as saying that they should talk to the opposition, particularly the Liberal Party (LP) and “engage the constitutional successor to press for the resumption of the peace negotiation as a rallying point in the effort to oust Duterte.”

“Prospects for resuming the peace negotiations after Duterte, whether he is ousted or he finishes his term, are possible and desirable,” De Lima said.

Duterte formally scrapped peace talks with the NDFP on November 23, 2017 following the attacks launched by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels against government forces and civilians. The CPP-NPA was subsequently tagged as a terrorist group by the administration.

Robredo, meanwhile, has been linked to ouster plots against Duterte but she has vehemently denied involvement in them.

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