Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urged the federal government to not abandon the peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF).
Drilon, nonetheless, admitted that there should be a mutual ceasefire as efforts in resuming peace talks can be put to a naught if armed battle continues.
“Sa akin po, hanapan ng paraan kung saan magkakasundo. Ngunit hindi naman dapat magpatuloy ang immunity, ang pagkolekta ng revolutionary tax, extortion, ang pag-ambush sa ating mga sundalo (ng New People’s Army). Dapat itigil ‘yan. Hindi naman pwede na nag-uusap tayo sa kapayapaan, panay naman ang banat ng kabila sa ating mga sundalo,” he stated Sunday in an interview with dzBB’s Nimfa Ravelo.
The authorities, he insisted, should not shut its doorways to find an answer with the communist group as a result of the nation’s future was at stake.
“Ngunit hindi pwedeng ipagpatuloy under this environment. Ang pinakamabuti dyan ay mutual ceasefire. Tama muna ang putukan. We cannot continue in that kind of environment,” he stated.
“Sa akin, ang kapayapaan ay importante sa ating lipunan. Ngunit huwag nating abusuhin ang effort natin to have peace by continuing all these atrocities. We must have a law and order,” stated Drilon.
President Duterte had not too long ago ordered the termination of peace talks with CPP-NDF following a collection of assaults in opposition to authorities troops not too long ago.
He has ordered the navy to wipe out the communist rebels after it was down with flushing out the Maute group in Marawi City.