Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), chairperson of the House committee on Public Order and Safety, yesterday expressed his support to the call of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. of pursuing peace with rebels, but said the recent Candoni ambush must not be allowed to pass without justice.
“They (rebels) have been doing it for years and nothing has been achieved,” Ferrer said as he extended his sympathy and support to those who died and were injured in the incident. He also vowed that he will join the search for justice.
Ferrer said the recent violence will be a great setback in the pursuit of development in Negros Occidental, when the province has gained so much in progress.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson extended his condolences to the families of the policemen who died, and said he is praying for the speedy recovery of the injured.
“I condemn this dastardly act and I hope the authorities will continue to hunt down the suspects so that justice will be served,” he said.
Ferrer urged his fellow Negrenses to join him and Marañon in putting an end to violence and pursue peace.
Meanwhile, government peace panel chairman Alexander Padilla chided Luis Jalandoni, chairman of the National Democratic Front peace panel, for telling half-truths to cover up for the atrocities of the Communist Party of the Philippines, and belied assertions that President Aquino rebuffed a peace deal between the government and communist rebels.
Negrense Luis Jalandoni, chairman of the National Democratic Front peace panel, condemned the Philippine government for what it claims lack of respect for the binding peace agreements with the NDFP.
Jalandoni said in a statement that the Aquino regime is responsible for destroying its own credibility in peace negotiations with the NDFP by flagrantly disrespecting and violating existing agreements.
“He's not telling the whole story,” Padilla said, in a statement from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, adding that “There was no peace deal.”
“What Mr. Jalandoni is referring to was not an agreement. In December 2014, there were reports of peace talks resuming between the Government of the Philippines and the NDF. We clarified then that what was happening was, a group of private individuals we consider ‘friends of the process' shuttling between the two parties to explore possible parameters for restarting the talks at the earliest possible time. It was this private group that initialed a proposed agreement subject to approval by the two Panels.”
Padilla added, “The NDF's usual strategy is to use the negotiations to get as many concessions as it can from government without giving anything in return. In spite of this, GPH continued to pursue all possibilities for the resumption of talks.”
He challenged the NDF to go beyond its usual practice of making unreasonable demands then putting the blame on the government for the failure to resume talks.
He said they have used this tired old rhetoric to cover up for their continuing violence on the ground and their strategy to use the peace process to get as many concessions as they can from government without giving anything in return.*GPB
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