Senators rallied behind President Duterte’s resolution to terminate the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) after their operatives ambushed and injured 4 members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).
Senators Gregorio Honasan and Panfilo Lacson, each former army officers, and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, stated it was a no brainer.
“(I) agree (with the President),” Drilon stated.
“I agree with the President. We cannot talk and fight at the same time. Sa mga kausap natin sa peace talks, if you have no control over those who continue to attack government troops and installations, why don’t you condemn these attacks? If you have no control and do not condemn the attacks, why are we talking? This is bad faith. Lokohan ito,” Honasan stated in a textual content message to reporters.
Lacson identified the identical, elevating the problem of excellent religion in participating in negotiations with the federal government.
“How can the government talk peace when the other party by their action, is not willing or at least not sincere?” he requested.
Lacson urged the federal government to first re-assess the peace initiatives and think about a localized type or stage of peace negotiation.