Presidential peace adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza and National Democratic Front of the Philippines chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison share light moments together before the formal opening of the second round of the peace talks at the Holmenfjord Hotell in Oslo, Norway on Thursday night, October 6, 2016. (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)
NDF chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison said he is optimistic that the results of the negotiations will be fruitful.
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.