Even as both government and communists hailed the success of the recently concluded second round of peace negotiations between the two parties in Oslo, Norway, ceasefire violations have been on the rise.
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.
An adviser on the peace process said the signing of the joint statement between the government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front last Sunday is just a step towards more challenging discussions.
The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, a network of five major religious groups in the country, lauded on Tuesday the Royal Norwegian Government for facilitating the second round of peace talks between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front.
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.
Minutes before signing the joint statement on the second round of talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the heads of both Parties took a short break at the Holmenfjord Hotell here in Asker, a municipality part of the Akershus county in the Oslo region in Norway. (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)
The Philippine government and National Democratic Front (NDF) panel members hammered out a final outline for social and economic reforms, which may be implemented even prior to a final peace agreement is inked between the two parties.
Negotiators from the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines took a break noon time yesterday as the reciprocal working committee on the social and economic reforms differed in their outline.
Beyond his “colorful language”, President Rodrigo Duterte is described by a political analyst as a president who is “changing the presidency”.
As far as his former professor is concerned, President Rodrigo Duterte has done a satisfying performance in his first 100 days in office.