President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t eager on reviving peace talks with the communist motion unless its leaders commit in writing to cease attacking the federal government.
In his speech earlier than members of the 102nd infantry brigade Friday (June 2), Duterte stated he won’t enable Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza or chief authorities negotiator Silvestre Bello III to resume negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) unless they sign a ceasefire agreement.
“I will not allow any talks on my behalf or ako kasi ang nandoon si Dureza pati si Bello. I will not allow them or authorize to go back to the negotiating table without them signing a document, unilateral kanila, they say that they would stop fighting,” he stated.
Duterte stated he has already gone out of his solution to present his sincerity in holding peace talks with the communists by releasing some leftist leaders.
The President, nonetheless, stated he can solely accomplish that a lot if the NPA won’t cease attacking the federal government.
“Kaya ako sabi ko, it no longer behooves upon me to do anything to makipag-usap sa kanila until there is peace,” he stated.
The authorities lately put peace talks with the communists on maintain due to the CPP’s directive to the NPA to proceed preventing the federal government even when the army is pursuing the Maute group linked to ISIS.