Kayong mga sundalo sa bundok, bumaba na lang kayo, I will find money to place you in resettlements and I will proceed with the land reform!
As a people, we must overcome obstacles to stay the course towards a just and lasting peace.
For all of the above reasons, the NDFP cannot as yet acknowledge receipt of the 07 February 2017 email letter of Sec. Dureza. The NDFP cannot be a party to an unjust, unreasonable and improper termination of the JASIG. The GRP bears full responsibility for its unilateral decision to terminate the effectivity of the JASIG and in effect the peace negotiations.
Negotiations should not be bogged down by accusations and counter-accusations.
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.
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.
With this declaration and notice, the August 28 unilateral ceasefire shall effectively expire on 11:59 p.m. of February 10.
Opening speech for the third round of talks in Rome of NDFP Negotiating Panel Chairperson, Fidel Agcaoili 19 January 2017…
There are reasons to hope we can hurdle the task we meant to accomplish in these talks. From the pre-meeting of the panels held last night to finalize our discussion agenda today, I see the same commitments of both parties that animated us during the past round of talks to remain strong.
As a people’s movement for a just and lasting peace, we at Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao are encouraging both parties to hurdle the snags in the current round of talks and give focus on the SER.