Filipinos remain skeptical of rebel groups amid peace talks

UNTV News   •   June 22, 2017   •   3576

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Peace talks between the government panel and the communist coalition of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and the National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) has reached fourth phase under the Duterte administration.

And although the fifth round of talks did not push through in May, both camps have announced their readiness to discuss solutions for their discord.

Despite this development, many Filipinos are still skeptical of the rebel group.

Based on a Social Weather Stations survey conducted in the first quarter of 2017, the CPP-NPA and the NDF received a negative 27 and negative 10 trust ratings, respectively, from the public.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), on the other hand, received a negative 29 and negative 38 trust ratings, respectively.

“Overall, dominantly distrusted pa din sila. Ang MILF at MNLF traditionally distrusted subalit may malaking pagkakaiba kung titingnan ang relihiyon ng mga respondents. Dahil kung titingnan natin ang mga kababayan nating mga muslim, napakataas ng kanilang pagtitiwala pareho sa MNLF at MILF (Overall they are still dominantly distrusted. The MILF and MNLF are traditionally distrusted but their is a big difference when you look at the religion of the respondents. Because when you ask our Muslim countrymen, they have great trust in both MNLF and MILF),” said Leo Rando Laroza, director for Survey Data Archives and Library.

Meanwhile, the Abu Sayyaf Group received the lowest rating of negative 62 or very bad trust rating.

The survey was conducted among 1, 200 respondents on March 25-28, almost two months before the Marawi City siege. – UNTV News and Rescue

PNP goes full alert as CPP-NPA-NDF ends ceasefire amid COVID-19 crisis

Maris Federez   •   May 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday (May 2) announced that it has gone on full alert upon the instruction of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año.

A news alert released by the office of PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the DILG chief “condemns the CPP-NPA-NDF for ending the ceasefire with the Philippine government at the height of the nation’s fight against COVID-19.”

It added that in response to Año’s directive, “the 205,000 strong PNP under the command of Police General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa is now on full alert and is ready and able to defend the country against any atrocities of this communist terrorist group.”

The PNP Chief also condemns this act by the CPP-NPA-NDF as it endangers government response to overcome the pandemic.

“On top of our duty to implement strict quarantine measures to stop the spread of this pandemic, the PNP assures Filipinos that your police and military are united behind our Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to enforce our mandate to uphold public safety against this communist terrorist group,” said Banac.

It can be recalled that the rebel group declared ceasefire last March 26, 2020 after the United Nations called for peace amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The national government made an earlier declaration of a ceasefire on March 19, 2020.

“As government condemns this rebellion by the CPP-NPA-NDF as a threat to public safety amid the pandemic; we will continue to uphold the imposition of ECQ in high-risk areas and GCQ in the rest of the country from May 1 to May 15, 2020 based on government guidelines,” Banac concluded. —/mbmf

Ceasefire extension depends on AFP – Palace

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is waiting for the recommendation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on whether or not to extend the ceasefire the communist rebels, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“We will defer that to the recommendation of the military,” Panelo said.

On Tuesday (January 7) at 11:59 p.m., the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government and Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) in relation to the holidays is set to lapse.

But according to NDF founding chair Jose Maria Sison, the truce may be extended if the Philippine government will release all sick and elderly political prisoners. – MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

Zambo City LGU gives nod on Misuari’s assignment as Special Envoy to OIC

Maris Federez   •   December 17, 2019

(L-R) Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari and President Rodrigo Duterte

The local government of Zamboanga City has welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision of assigning Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari as the country’s special economic envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco said the President has already talked to him regarding the matter.

He reiterated that they are in favor of the chief executive’s decision as it is aimed at reaching a lasting peace in Mindanao.

“President Duterte had already the intention of giving the chairperson to Nur Misuari as an opportunity to take leadership roles in the government so as to fully implement the peace process,” Climaco said.

He added that there is no denying that Misuari has a big influence on the Moro people and on the peace process.

The local chief executive, however, said that the victims in the 2013 Zamboanga Siege must be accorded the justice they deserve.

Misuari was said to be behind the MNLF’s bloody attack in the city.

Meanwhile, people from Zamboanga have differing views on Misuari’s assignment to the OIC.

Some said Misuari is not fit for the job based on his participation in the siege.

Others, on the other hand, welcomed the President’s decision.

Meanwhile, the President said Misuari’s assignment to the OIC is aimed at achieving the immediate implementation of the peace agreements between the government and the Moro fronts and to get the support of the Islamic countries.

The MNLF founding chair is known to have strong alliances with the leaders in the OIC.— (from the report of Dante Amento) /mbmf

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