Malacanang is on a wait and see mode concerning the resumption of peace talks with the communists following the New People’s Army’s (NPA) attack on a automobile of the Presidential Security Group.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned the Palace “strongly” condemns the attack, which befell in Arakan, Cotabato Wednesday (July 19).
“On whether this would have any effect on the peace talks, let us wait for the President’s advice and directive on the matter,” he mentioned in an announcement.
Four PSG members have been injured after a gaggle of at the least 50 NPA members attacked them at a checkpoint whereas disguised as troopers of Task Force Davao.
The PSG was within the space to conduct “normal administrative movement” for coordination.
The NPA’s attack got here on the heels of militant leaders’ assembly with Duterte in Malacanang to debate the peace course of.
The NPA’s ideological wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, was supposed to carry the fifth spherical of peace talks with the federal government this August, however this has since been scuttled.