The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division yesterday said that it will abide with the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte on the revival of peace negotiations for another last chance with communist rebels, stressing that it is a political decision.
Army Capt. Eduardo Precioso, 3ID spokesman, however, said yesterday that they are still waiting for the specific operational guidelines or provisions from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, on the revival of peace talks.
Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said Wednesday that President Duterte has directed his officials “ to work on the resumption of peace talks with the CP-NPA-NDF, with clear instructions of the importance of forging a ceasefire agreement to stop mutual attacks and fighting, while talks are underway”.
While the Army appreciates the development, Precioso assured the people of Western and Central Visayas that they will continue to be steadfast in performing their task, and on guard to prevent the CPP-NPA-NDF from exploiting the peace process.
Negros Occidental Vice-Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson also expressed his support to the revival of the peace talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF.
I feel it is better that we are on the negotiation table rather than shooting each other, Lacson said.
Noting that President Duterte changed his mind from time to time, Lacson, however, said the conditions set by him before the resumption of peace talks remain the same, including no taxation or hostilities.
“I think he has keep those conditions,” Lacson added.
The Department of National Defense also aired its support to the peace initiative with rebels a “last chance”.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, however, said that President Duterte has agreed to talk peace with the CPP-NPA-NDF, subject to the following preconditions, including the holding of bilateral ceasefire: no attacks on government forces and civilians, as well as extortion, no destruction of properties, expansion or recruitment, and roaming around with firearms.*GPB
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