GRP may resumes talks with NDFP in August, commits to no offensives vs NPA

After the canceled 5th round of talks, there is a possibility to resume peace negotiations between the Duterte government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), probably in August.

A source involved in the negotiations told Kodao Productions that there is a possibility that the talks will be held in August.

NDFP independent observer and former chief negotiator Satur Ocampo wrote In his weekly Philippine Star column that both parties have agreed to resume the talks, adding the panels may issue their respective statements soon.

A few days ago, it was learned that, through back channel talks, members of the two panels had resolved certain actual or perceived hindrances and agreed to continue the disrupted fifth round of negotiations within two months,” Ocampo reported.

He added that NDFP Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison already broke the “good news” in an interview with ANC Wednesday morning.

“He (Sison) said statements on the points of agreement arrived at during the back-channel talks can be expected to be officially issued separately by the panels,” Ocampo added.

The NDFP is ready to discuss and agree in detail with the GRP on how ceasefire, coordination and cooperation can be achieved in Marawi City by both forces unilaterally keeping safe distances between each other.

Meanwhile, GRP chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III declared, Sunday, that the Philippine government will not launch offensive operations against the New People’s Army (NPA) in response to the NDFP’s recommendation to the Communist Party of the Philippines to refrain from attacking the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police while the battle in Marawi City is ongoing.

NDFP already instructed its allied organization, the Moro Resistance and Liberation Organization (MRLO), inside Marawi City to assume home defense tasks against the Maute, Abu Sayyaf and Ansar Al Khilafah Philippines (AKP) groups.

“These are terrorist groups linked to local reactionary forces, affiliated with ISIS and supported by US-CIA and other foreign entities,”said Fidel V. Agcaoili, NDFP Panel Chairperson.

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has also directed units of the New People’s Army (NPA) close to Marawi City to redeploy for the purpose of mopping up, holding and blocking operations, if necessary. (BaretangBikolnon.com)

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