Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has canceled localized peace negotiations with the New People’s Army (NPA) in the wake of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the communist rebels as terrorists. The mayor, however, did not dissolve the Davao City Peace Committee (DC-PEACE), which had spearheaded efforts to strike peace with NPA rebels operating in the city. Instead, she renamed it the Davao City Advisory Committee for Peace and Development (DC PEACE Dev) and gave it a new mandate. She added that she will formalize the renaming of DC-PEACE into the DC Peace Dev with the issuance of an executive order. “The output of the talks will be used by the city government of Davao to address the issues the communities are experiencing.
Source: Manila Times December 07, 2017 12:33 UTC