Government chief negotiator hopeful that peace talks will resume

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MANILA, Philippines —  The main government negotiator has not yet given up his hope in the peace talks with the rebel communists.

According to government chief negotiator and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, there is still hope that the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will resume with their talk.

This is despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he no longer wants to face them and even tagged CPP-NPA as “terrorists”.

“We actually know that from the very start the President wants peace and has stated publicly that his best legacy to our country is enduring and lasting peace. So I think, the President has not abandoned that dream for our country,” Bello said.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is also willing to resume the derailed dialogue with the government despite their harsh criticisms against President Duterte.

According to NDFP consultant Felix Randy Malayao, the representative of the revolutionary movement is always ready to return to the negotiating table in an effort to solve the root of the armed conflict. But he said their plan to negotiate does not include surrendering to the government.

According to the lawyer of the NDFP consultant, hopefully, President Duterte’s dream for peace will be paralleled with action.

“Kung mayroon siyang mga natatanggap na bali-balita o ulat na diumano ay mga paglabag sa mga kasunduan o di kaya ay iyong mga sinasabing engkwentro o violent acts kailangang imbestigahan muna. Hindi iyong binulong lang ay agad-agad ay sasabihin gospel truth na at nagpuputok na agad ang butsi. Kailangang mahinahon kasi ano siya lider siya ng bansa,” NDFP Consultants legal counsel Atty. Edre Olalia said in a phone interview.

(If he has been receiving news or reports of alleged violations of the agreement or claimed encounters or violent acts, it must be first investigated. He shouldn’t lose his temper over whispered allegations that are instantly taken as gospel of truth. He should be calm because he is the country’s leader.)

The only problem is if the court favors the petition being prepared by the Department of Justice to declare the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group. It has been the regulation of the government to no longer negotiate with terrorists.  — Roderic Medoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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