CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Philippine Government has not yet closed its doors on the Peace Talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People’s Army, but President Rodrigo Duterte insisted that if Jose Maria Sison would persist with their unrealistic demands they would just push through with the localized peace talks.
This was the statement made by Defense Department – Public Affairs Service Chief Director Arsenio Andolong in an interview by DWDD.
He added that the government has been pushing for the continuation of the peace talks but the president insisted that for talks to continue, peace must prevail through a cessation of hostilities. But this did not materialize with the continued attacks and criminal acts by the Communist terrorist. With such action, various local government, courts and citizens have called on the government to cease with the talks and opt for a localized version.
The CPP-NPA-NDF has lost track of the true essence of peace.
Dir Andolong added that various administration had exhausted all mean to negotiate with the Communist terrorist for more than fifty (50) years, and have realized that it would be futile to talk with Communist leaders hiding in the Netherlands and it would be more fruitful to deal with the rebels locally since they have different concerns based on needs.
With a localized peace talks, it can be done in any level and both parties can be more flexible and they are more open-minded. The panel can also include local government leaders, other community leaders that can address the needs of the people. They will not be answerable to their leadership since concerns are limited to specific problems of the community.
The Communist ideology has robbed most of our brothers and sisters of their freedom. Some have grown old without having the opportunity to be at the side of their children in their time of need, to include other loved ones.
IMMEDIACY OF ACTION
President Duterte has already tasked concerned officials to conduct the localized peace talks to start the peace process, although no timeline was set.
Local government units had the initiative to talk with remnants of the CPP-NPA-NDF in their area, although nothing has been formalized yet, but efforts have started. Majority of the LUGs have supported the government’s peace initiatives through local efforts to enable our Communist brothers and sisters to go home to their loved ones and even help the government in the development of communities in the countryside.
One of the arguments raised was why talk with the Communist terrorist since most of them are already returning to the folds of the law.
At the start of the Duterte administration, the NPAs have been surrendering en masse due to offers of livelihood and the promise of a peaceful life. They have realized the futility of their efforts and the countless lives and properties they have affected because of their terroristic activities.
The purpose of the talks is to hasten the peace efforts that has eluded our country from the past half a decade. AES / LQG / MCAG