By Baretang Bikolnon Staff
President Rodrigo Duterte formally terminates peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) after signing Proclamation 360 yesterday night.
Duterte directed the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Panel for Peace Talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF to cancel all peace talks and meetings with the NDF-CPP-NPA according to the Proclamation.
The Duterte administration earlier agreed to continue peace negotiations and to speed up the signing and implementation of the final peace agreement with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
However, Duterte stated the NDF-CPP-NPA failed to show its sincerity and commitment in pursuing peace negotiations as it engaged in acts of violence and hostilities.
By cancelling the peace negotiations with them, NDFP said that Duterte is sabotaging once again not only the peace talks but also an opportunity to achieve a just and lasting peace for the people.
“The longing of many millions of farmers and fisherfolk for genuine land reform and the entire Filipino people for a just and lasting peace is trampled upon by Duterte,” NDFP Negotiating Panel Senior Adviser Luis Jalandoni said.
Negotiators from both sides, bilateral teams on social and economic reforms, worked many hours of intense meetings, to produce the initialled drafts of Agrarian Reform and Rurual Development (ARRD) and National Industrialization and Economic Development (NIED), demonstrating significant and unprecedented advances in the peace talks. Release of Political Prisoners and General Amnesty and Coordinated Unilateral Ceasefires were scheduled to be taken up in the Fifth Round of Peace Negotiations scheduled for November 25-27, 2017 in Oslo, Norway.
The Norwegian facilitators prepared in detail the visas, return air tickets, hotel accommodations for the next round.
“He must answer to the Filipino people who long for a just and lasting peace by addressing the roots of the armed conflict. He must answer to the millions of farmers and fisherfolk who saw the possibility of free distribution of land with free irrigation, credit and other benefits from genuine land reform. He must answer to workers and the rest of the Filipino people who yearn for national industrialization, national sovereignty, and independent prosperous Philippines,” Jalandoni added.
According to NDFP, Duterte severely underestimates the New People’s Army (NPA), the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the NDFP, which the Marcos dictatorship and other reactionary regimes backed by the US, have failed to defeat in 48 years. (BaretangBikolnon.com)