The government peace panel has finally sealed the fate of the fifth round of talks by withdrawing from it.
After an impasse on the fifth round of talks on the first day of the supposed opening ceremony yesterday, members of the peace panels from the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines gathered in a Eucharistic mass officiated by a Filipino Archbishop here Sunday, May 28.
The fifth round of talks between the Philippine government and communists was put on hold on the day that it was supposed to open here Saturday, May 27. Both peace panels said it will be deliberating further on the formal resumption of the talks today.
The scheduled opening ceremony for the fifth round of talks between the government and the communists was suspended as the Philippine government announced that it will not participate in the scheduled fifth round of talks here until communists cease its armed operations.
Gabriela Women’s party Representative Arlene Brosas stressed that addressing the roots of the armed conflict must take precedence over the crafting of a bilateral ceasefire agreement.
As peace talks between the government and the communists will focus on free land distribution, a militant farmers group urged Congress to pass a new agrarian reform law.
The Filipino farmers may be one step nearer to reaching their dream of having their own lands once an agreement on social and economic reforms is signed within this year between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
The fourth round of peace talks ended on a positive note to pursue free land distribution, amid snags admitted by both the negotiating panels of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
The Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines conclude the fourth round of talks on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Palace Hotel in Noordwijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. (More…) (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)
What the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines signed here on Wednesday was not yet a truce.