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Guv bucks peace talks;
bishop welcomes revival


San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said yesterday that he would be happy if peace negotiations between the government and the communist rebels resume.

However, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he is not in favor of the peace talks, which are exploited by the New People’s Army to their advantage.

Alminaza said “We hope both sides will do everything to restore and rebuild mutual trust and both panels will focus on addressing the root causes of socio-economic imbalance.”

“Our starting point is we are all Filipinos, brothers and sisters to one another. We all dream of a just and peaceful society, and no one should be excluded,” the bishop added.

The possibility of reviving the government’s peace negotiations with communist rebels would have to be premised on certain preconditions, Malacañang stressed on Wednesday.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra, in a Palace press briefing, confirmed that the president is open to resuming peace talks with the Reds, on the condition that they stop their violent attacks and extortion activities in the country.

“The president’s openness to revive peace negotiations shows that his dedication to uphold inclusive and lasting peace throughout the country remains strong,” Guevarra said.

He further clarified that the possible resumption of the peace talks would not affect a pending petition by the Department of Justice to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army and other individuals as terrorists.*CPG


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