Pres. Duterte signs a Proclaimation to formally terminate peace negotations with Reds

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Manila, Philippines – Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Proclamation No. 360 that states termination of peace negotiations between the government and the leftist or Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP).

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, President Duterte signed the said Proclamation Thursday afternoon.

President Duterte ordered the arrest of non-armed legal fronts for conspiracy to commit terrorism under the Human Security Act (HAS) on Wednesday.

Previously, it was known that formal talks with reds have been officially cancelled after the President’s pronouncement that the CPP-NPA-NDF will now be treated as terrorists and criminals.
President Duterte also ordered the cancellation of all peace talks and meetings with the leftist.

Though peace talks were now cancelled, Spokesman Roque reiterated that all extra efforts were exerted by the government side, but the communist party did not reciprocate.

“While we agreed to resume peace talks with the aforementioned group and exerted our best efforts to accelerate the signing and implementation of the final peace agreement, the NDF-CPP-NPA has engaged in acts of violence and hostilities,” he said in a statement.

“We find it unfortunate that their members have failed to show their sincerity and commitment in pursuing genuine and meaningful peaceful negotiations,” he added.

“The President, as we all know, has always wanted to leave a legacy of peace under his administration. He has, in fact, walked the extra mile for peace,” he said.

Roque also shared that President Duterte still hopes for peace to come, and leaves it to God’s will even if it may not be under his administration.

“Rest assured that he will continuously pray that we may all find the peace that we seek for our beloved country in the fullness of God’s time,” Roque said.

The Chief Executive has declined to have peace negotiations after the ‘intentional” ambush in Talakad, Bukidnon on November 10, which resulted to death of a four-month-old-baby.

Source:  Manila Bulletin

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