Malacañang insists on holding GRP-NDFP peace talks in PH

admin   •   June 18, 2018   •   3278

FILE PHOTO: Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the incoming government peace panel during the formal resumption of peace talks at Oslo, Norway on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (Photo courtesy: Jesus Dureza’s Facebook account.)

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) to be held in the country.

In a press briefing, Malacañang explained that this matter concerns Filipinos, hence it should be resolved on Philippine soil.

The Palace added that instead of spending money for peace negotiations abroad, it should be used in ensuring security and sustaining the needs of the leftist group here.

“There is no need to travel outside the country if we are going to talk about peace.  We are Filipinos and these talks are about Filipinos,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

And if the formal talks push through, Roque believes there is no longer need for a third party facilitator.

The Royal Norwegian government has been mediating the peace negotiations of the Philippine government and NDF peace panels since 2001.

However, the administration is still open to the assistance of other countries that wish to help the Philippines attain lasting peace.

“Any party who wants to help and who has been involved in the process can help, but the point of our president is: why do we have to hold our peace talks in other countries,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, Malacañang denied that the stand-down agreement released by the leftist group over the weekend is an official document.

The deal signed by both panels is to prepare for the supposed resumption of peace talks on June 28th but Roque said it has to be verified.

The government also rebutted the statement of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison who alleged that the military is preparing for an all-out war against the New People’s Army, hence the postponement of the negotiations.

“Absolutely without basis po. You all know what are the activities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines currently.  We have not heard of offensives directed against the CPP-NPA so I appeal to the CPP-NDF to be careful with their public declarations,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & 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

Duterte ends peace talks with Reds for killing soldiers in relief missions

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The series of attacks against government forces on humanitarian missions during this time of crisis is the final straw for President Rodrigo Duterte to end peace talks with the communist rebels. 

“I’m so sad about this development but there will always be a time for reckoning. There is no more peace talks to talk about,” the Chief Executive said in his late night address on Monday (April 27).

A number of soldiers were killed and wounded in several encounters with members of the New People’s Army — the Communist Party of the Philippines’ armed wing — throughout the month of April. 

Three soldiers died and four others were hurt in an encounter with the NPA while conducting security patrol during the distribution of the social amelioration grant in Sitio Tugas, Barangay Carabalan in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental on April 19. 

An Army soldier was also killed in a remote village in San Jacinto town, Masbate province on the same day.

Two soldiers, meanwhile, were killed while three others were wounded in an attack by communist rebels in Aurora province on April 21. The soldiers were stationed in the area guarding the conduct of aid distribution. 

Two more soldiers were injured in an attack by NPA rebels in Victorias City, Negros Occidental on April 24. 

The Philippine Army said the soldiers, together with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were conducting a security patrol and information dissemination about COVID-19 in the area.

“I am not and I will never be ready for any rounds of peace talks simply because the NPA, the Communist Party of the Philippines, has no respect either for their spoken works or in their deeds of killing soldiers who are on humanitarian missions,” President Duterte stressed.

READ: Duterte threatens to declare martial law if NPA attacks continue

The President earlier threatened to declare martial law if atrocities against government forces engaged in relief distribution continue. 

READ: Duterte’s new martial law threat, a cover-up for failed COVID-19 response — CPP

But the CPP, unfazed by the President’s warning, responded by accusing him of using the NPA as an excuse ‘to cover up’ the administration’s failed response against the COVID-19 crisis and to carry out his agenda of imposing martial law. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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)

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