LUCENA CITY, Philippines – Exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison on Tuesday said the determination of the Duterte administration to pursue local peace talks will mean the death of the peace negotiation between the government and the communist insurgents. ADVERTISEMENTSison said the government move would continue “to drive nails into the coffin of the peace negotiations.”The peace talks between the government and the NDFP first broke down in November 2017 as the administration cited the continued attacks by the Maoist guerillas against state troops despite ongoing negotiations. The NDFP is the umbrella group of all communist-led underground organizations in the country that has been conducting on-and-off peace talks with the government since 1986. Last month, the President also terminated the appointment of all government peace negotiators. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez said the new peace panel would oversee localized peace talks.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer April 16, 2019 01:52 UTC