Peace talks don’t come low cost, significantly for a authorities negotiating with a bunch whose high chief resides in exile in The Netherlands.
Former Arroyo-era Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao has revealed that the federal government spends round P100 million every month for the negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which is allied with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) based by Jose Maria Sison.
Tiglao disclosed how a lot the federal government was shelling out for the peace talks in his July 28 column for the Manila Times as he famous the futility of constant them as a result of the communists are “asking for the moon” and “making impossible demands.”
Among others, Tiglao mentioned the NDFP desires the creation of a “new political authority”—a euphemism for the communists’ joint management of presidency, a complete ban on all imports of fish and agricultural merchandise, and the termination of all bilateral funding treaties and agreements, bilateral and regional free commerce agreements (FTAs), and agreements beneath the multilateral World Trade Organization (WTO).
“It actually requires only a modicum of knowledge of our political system for our negotiators to stop spending about P100 million monthly in the peace talks and end these, and for them to tell the communists that they are living in dreamland, and for them to wake up,” the previous Cabinet official mentioned.
Government peace negotiators have been holding peace talks with NDFP negotiators in Europe since final 12 months.
Included within the individuals which the administration paid for to be part of the talks have been NDFP consultants freed on bail by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The President, nonetheless, lately mentioned he’s calling off peace talks with the communists due to the New People’s Army’s current assaults on authorities forces.
Given the absurdity of the communists’ calls for, Tiglao mentioned: “What the communists are asking for is not what Duterte can give, nor even promise to give: For the Congress, which is an independent branch of government, to pass laws that would repeal what the communists don’t like and enact laws they think would further the revolution.”