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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, May 21, 2018
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Peace still an option
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

Despite an appeal from his own daughter to reconsider his decision to revive the peace talks between the government and communist rebels, the pursuit of negotiating peace still remains an option for President Rodrigo Duterte

The Armed Forces of the Philippines reported an upsurge of communist rebel atrocities nationwide, even in Negros Island.

“We have to deal with them. That is why I am talking to them,” Duterte said in his speech during groundbreaking rites of a housing project for military, police, fire and jail personnel in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

While he is aware of the sentiments of some military and police, Duterte said “I am not a uniformed personnel. I am a worker of government chosen by the people to lead”.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was quoted as saying that while she trusted the wisdom of her father, she believes that pursuing peace with communist rebels: “is counterproductive and plainly useless”

I can’t have any option except to find peace for my country. You must understand that,” President Duterte stressed

The Communist Party of the Philippines issued a statement urging the media and the public to await official statements on the outcome of informal talks between representatives of the   National Democratic Front and the Philippine government.

It said that the Duterte government should be more circumspect in issuing public statements or comments so as not to preempt the outcome of the informal talks and efforts to revive formal negotiations.

The Philippine government has publicly declared that it wants the   NDF  to commit to a ceasefire agreement as condition for resumption of talks.*GPB

 

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