The National Democratic Front of the Philippines confirmed that they are engaging in backchannel talks with the government but refused to give further details.
“Andam ko makigstorya sa mga rebelde. Ayaw lang nang mga killer, kanang mga… Andam ko makigstorya. Andam pud ko na muundang ta ug giyera. Mas gusto nako wala tay gyera. Pero kinahanglan magstorya tag kinasingkasing permero,” Duterte said.
Various artists in Davao City gathered to unite their call for the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
A wife who is pregnant with their first born, and parents who are searching for their son for already a month appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to help them be reunited with their loved ones.
The New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao emphasized that although it welcomed the talks with Mayor Sara Duterte, it stands by the national leadership of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as the negotiating entity in the peace process.
As a gesture of support on the resumption of peace talks, the National Democratic Front in Mindanao announced Thursday the slated released of the six prisoners of wars who were held captive by the New People’s Army.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said she is willing to listen to the NPA “if the NPA is willing to talk.”
To ensure the success of the bilateral ceasefire negotiations, CPP said that the government could “help facilitate the travel of the NDFP’s ceasefire committee member and consultants.”
A peace advocate group is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to talk with government peace negotiators.
National Antiv-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza said Duterte’s interest to meet with them means: “He is intent on hearing our views, he is open to hearing us out.”