MALACAÑANG once again expressed its concern with peace talk by saying that they are “open and interested” to sit with communist leaders again at the negotiating table.
During an interview over the radio in dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Philippine government is open to restarting peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) through the National Democratic Front (NDF), its negotiating panel.
“Patuloy pong bukas at interesado po tayong makipagtalakayan, at bukas din po tayo sa pagsisimula muli o resumption ng formal talks (We are open and interested to discuss and we are open to the resumption of formal talks),” Coloma said.
Coloma also pointed out that the Aquino administration is seeking for several options to resume talks with the rebels. And as a welcome development on the issue, he mentioned the surrender of 154 New People’s Army rebels in Loreto, Agusan del Sur last May.
“Ang ating pamahalaan po ay nais isulong ‘yung prosesong pangkapayapaan at patuloy pang sinusuri ang iba pang posibilidad para sa pormal na pagpapanumbalik o resumption ng negosasyon sa pagitan ng gobyerno at ng CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front),” he said.
(The government wants to pursue the peace process and we are continuously exploring other possibilities to resume formal negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF.) Last May, President Aquino pressed the NDFP to “show sincerity” in order to resume the hindered negotiations.
On the other hand, the opposition still has something to say, NDFP Chief Political Consultant Jose Maria Sison, said that Aquino has not shown sincerity in the peace talks after he allegedly violated existing agreements, such as the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL), the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) and the Joint Agreement on the Formation, Sequence and Operationalization of the Reciprocal Working Committees.
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