Government chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza chat with the National Democratic Front leaders over lunch upon their arrival at the Holmenfjord Hotell in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, October 6, 2016. In photos are (L-R) NDF panel members Juliet De Lima, chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison, and senior political adviser Luis Jalandoni. (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)
It seems easy but it’s not.
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison said it is premature to talk about laying down of arms in the second round of the peace negotiations.
Hours before the second round of peace talks with the government, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines will have a new chief negotiator for the second round of peace talks here starting Thursday, October 6.
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process will launch a mobile-based peace application and series of “public conversations” in Mindanao as the Duterte administration is nearing to its first 100-day, an official said yesterday.
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines insists that the political prisoners should be released prior to signing a final peace agreement.
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.
As members of the National Democratic Front’s peace negotiating panel are preparing for the upcoming second round of talks in Oslo, Norway in three days, an official of the government peace panel met with the leaders in an informal talks.
Three days before the second round of peace talks in Oslo, Norway, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) urged the Philippine government to release all political prisoners in “compliance with the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).”
Both the negotiating panels of the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will exchange drafts on a proposed bilateral ceasefire and an amnesty proclamation as the second round of peace talks will resume in Oslo, Norway on Thursday, October 6.