BREAKING NEWS: Peace Talks to NPA, officially canceled

BREAKING NEWS: Peace Talks to NPA, officially canceled

Peacetalks between the government and the communist rebel groups (CPP-NPA-NDFP) is now officially canceled as stated by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

In an official statement, Dureza said, “We are hereby announcing today the cancellation of all planned meetings with the CPP/NPA/NDF in line with President Duterte’s directive that there will be no more peace talks with them.”

‘Recent tragic and violent incidents all over the country committed by the communist rebels left the President with no other choice but to arrive at this decision. We take guidance from the President’s recent announcements and declarations,” the statement added.

During the launching of Tienda Farmers and Fisherfolks outlet in Abreeza Mall, Davao City last November 18, 2017,  President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strongly declared the New People’s Army (NPA) and left groups as terrorist and criminals.

“What’s the point of talking to me, if you consider me as a corrupt official! You’re putting me just like others,” said the president.

“We will go to an offensive mode and I think this is the most important thing. Before, we recognized them as legitimate rebels, but with their continued depredations and killing innocent people and even a 4 months old infant… I will be issuing a proclamation that removes them from the category of illegal entity and placing them as terrorists,” the feisty president declared.

Dureza explained that the President Duterte has taken unprecedented steps and has walked the so-called extra mile to bring peace. However, the Communist Party and its armed elements have not shown reciprocity to the president.

Here’s the transcript of the full official statement from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process:

“We are hereby announcing today the cancellation of all planned meetings with the CPP/NPA/NDF in line with President Duterte’s directive that there will be no more peace talks with them.

Recent tragic and violent incidents all over the country committed by the communist rebels left the President with no other choice but to arrive at this decision. We take guidance from the President’s recent announcements and declarations.

This is an unfortunate development in our work for peace. Never before have we all reached this far in our negotiations with them.

President Duterte has taken unprecedented steps and has walked the so-called extra mile to bring peace. However, the Communist Party and its armed elements have not shown reciprocity.

There will be no peace negotiations anymore with the CPP/NPA/NDF until such time as the desired enabling environment conducive to a change in the government’s position becomes evident.

We will closely watch the developments.

We have expressed our deep gratitude to the Royal Norwegian Government for its strong support as we also expressed to their officials our regrets for this turn of events.

Despite this setback (hopefully only temporary), we remain steadfast and undeterred in our unrelenting journey for sustainable and just peace.

I now call on everyone: “Let’s all stay the course together.”

 

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