Peace advocates and militant farmers appealed to both panels of the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to continue the peace negotiations despite the withdrawal of the unilateral ceasefires by both Parties.
JASIG is an agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the NDFP which was signed by their respective negotiating panels on February 24, 1995.
Speaking before the family of soldiers killed in a clash with New People’s Army in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday afternoon, Duterte said he is seeing the Communist Party of the Philippines, its armed wing the NPA and the NDFP as terrorist organizations.
President Rodrigo Duterte said communist negotiators with whom the government is supposedly working with for a peace agreement should go back to prison.
President Rodrigo Duterte is suspending the peace negotiations between the government and the Communists.
In his speech during the 38th National Convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts, Duterte said the revolutionary forces should not coerce him as he had already “conceded too much, too soon.”
We look forward to meeting with our NDF counterparts for the fourth round of talks in April and to discuss the possibility of a bilateral ceasefire agreement on February 22, as agreed upon during the third round of talks held in Rome.
The government peace panel believes there is still a chance to iron out issues following the decision of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army’s National Operations Command to terminate its unilateral ceasefire.
The NPA said government troops are operating in more than 500 villages, more than 164 municipalities and 43 provinces in the country.
We agree that the situation, with various incidents on the ground, had become untenable to sustain without the guidelines and protocols that a bilateral ceasefire provides.