Peace advocates shouldn’t get too excited over President Rodrigo Duterte’s renewed openness to resuming peace talks with the communists.
Malacañang on Sunday (September 17) stated Duterte wants to consult first with a number of stakeholders before the involved officers return to the negotiating desk with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
“To resume talks necessitates President Duterte to consult first with the members of his security cluster, considering the many lives lost, civilian and government property destroyed before returning to the negotiating table with the CPP/NPA/NDFP,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated.
“The President likewise has to confer with the other branches of government regarding matters require their consent/approval,” he added.
Abella stated that whereas Duterte is dedicated to defend the nation from violence and terrorism, he’s additionally decided to deal with the social injustices that trigger battle.
In a speech in Davao City Saturday (September 16), Duterte stated he was “not averse” to resuming peace talks with the communists however wanted to consult with the legislative and judiciary first.
Duterte shelved negotiations with the NDFP earlier this yr after assaults by the New People’s Army on authorities forces.