Peace negotiators from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines said they are “uneasy” and “impatient” over the “excruciating” delay in the release of political prisoners in the country.
Peace panel negotiators from both government and the communists concluded its second round of talks with common frameworks and outlines on social, economic and political reforms and a commitment to grant amnesty to more than 400 political detainees.
National Democratic Front chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni said the concurrence of Congress for the declaration of a general amnesty for political prisoners is possible under the Duterte administration.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) urged President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the conduct of US-PH joint military exercises, describing it as “provocative”.
The chairman of the National Democratic Front’s Peace Panel said despite his contradictions, President Rodrigo Duterte showed strength, particularly in pursuing the peace negotiations.
The New People’s Army released another batch of prisoners of war in a village somewhere in Surigao del Norte province on Saturday, August 27 bringing to seven the total number of prisoners released by the rebel group coinciding with the successful first round of talks between the government and the National Democratic Front.
The New People’s Army turned over its two prisoners of war to Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao on Friday, afternoon, August 26 somewhere in Davao Oriental.
The New People’s Army released another video of Police Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen who was held captive by the communist rebels for almost three months now.
The Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Operational Command of the New People’s Army issued a unilateral declaration of a seven-day ceasefire that will take effect starting Sunday, August 21.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao Region today ordered for the release of two captive police officials in Davao Region as a goodwill measure for the resumption of the formal peace talks set on August 22.