The Communist Party of the Philippines is expected to issue a unilateral declaration of interim ceasefire not later than March 31 in support of the fourth round of peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) set on April 2-6 in The Netherlands.
Nine days prior to the resumption of the formal peace talks set between the government and communists come April, the New People’s Army freed two members of the Civilians Auxiliary Force and Geographical Unit in a village here on Friday afternoon.
President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his previous position that there will be no more releases of political prisoners aside from those who are dying and elderly more than a week before the scheduled fourth round of talks with the communists.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy announced Tuesday the resumption of the new round of talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
If the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines achieved a final peace agreement, Mindanao, where Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte came from, stands to gain much from it, peace advocates said.
The founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines Jose Maria Sison is hopeful to seal a peace agreement during the term of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
The New People’s Army on Tuesday welcomed the resumption of the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as stated in their Joint Statement signed on March 11 in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The public should see to it that both Parties are talking, a member of the government’s peace panel said in a forum here Monday.
Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said that the restoration of the unilateral ceasefire is not yet effective until the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have informed their respective forces and the Parties agree on a specific date.
Various groups lauded the resumption of the peace talks as agreed by the government and the National Democratic Front during the two-day informal talks held in Utrecht, The Netherlands from March 10 to 11.