DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called on the Philippine government to be wary in issuing public statements on the resumption of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
“Officials of the Duterte government should be more circumspect in issuing public statements or comments so as not to preempt the outcome of the informal talks and efforts to revive formal negotiations,” said the CPP in a statement sent to media on Friday, May 11.
It also called on the media and the public to await official statements regarding the outcome of the informal talks between the two parties.
“It was earlier agreed by both sides that unilateral statements will not be issued prior to actual agreements,” added CPP.
On Tuesday, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) confirmed that informal back-channel talks are underway in Europe.
This after President Rodrigo Duterte had signified intentions to resume the formal talks, as long as a ceasefire agreement will issued out first within 60-day timeline.
However, the CPP maintained that Duterte should fulfill his promise to release all political prisoners and for socio-economic reforms to be the top priority of the peace negotiations.
“The GRP has publicly declared that it wants the NDFP to commit to a ceasefire agreement as condition for resumption of talks. On the other hand, the NDFP has underscored the clamor for justice (especially the much-delayed release of around 500 political prisoners through a declaration of general amnesty) and for socio-economic reforms (land reform and national industrialization) as the most urgent measures to address the Filipino people’s aspirations for a just and lasting peace,” said CPP. (davaotoday.com)