Aquino set to resume talks with communists


Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—After saying last year that forging a peace deal with the communist rebels appeared to be difficult, on Saturday President Benigno Aquino “spoke about his resolve” to resume the talks, according to spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

The President disclosed his intention to the Norwegian team of facilitators who paid a courtesy call at Malacañang on Friday. The team is brokering the administration’s peace negotiations with the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“The facilitators expressed that they felt now was a good time to move the peace process forward,” said Valte in a radio interview.

“We all know that the peace talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF have been delayed,” she said, adding that both the President and the Norwegian facilitators have seen the wisdom of resuming the talks.

CPP/NPA/NDF refers to the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front, the main organizations behind the communist-led decades-led insurgency.

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process  is conducting an “internal review process” in connection with the NDF’s demand to free many of its detained consultants before talks could resume.

“But of course, this review process will be in accordance with our laws and with our court processes,” said Valte.

After the signing of the framework agreement between the government and the  Moro Islamic Liberation Front last October 15, Malacañang said it hoped the event would inspire the communist rebels to return to the negotiating table.

The NDF’s demand that captured rebels be released has been stalling the negotiations since February last year.

Signed by the government and the NDF peace panels in 1995, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig) between the government and the NDF guarantees NDF members, consultants and staff who work with the negotiating team immunity from arrest.

Under the agreement, however, holders of a safe-conduct pass should not engage in criminal activities, such as terrorism and extortion or hostile acts against the government for the duration of the pass’ effectivity.

Malacañang had said that the talks hit a snag because of disagreements over the verification of the status of 14 rebels the NDF wanted released.

The floppy disk containing the names of the 14 has been stored in a vault in the Netherlands. A Dutch bishop opened the vault in the presence of government and NDF representatives, and all of them found the file had been corrupted.

Malacañang said the CPP-NP-NDF wanted to provide a new list, but the government refused because it had no assurance that the new list would carry the names of the same people on the original list.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    cguro si valte eh tagajakol ni prez gung gong akin’o… parang si ms gigi chupaera ni bayagra enrile…

    duda lang ako…

  • wawa2172

    The CPP/NPA  is a terror group and making the life of Filipino people miserable. The raid at Del Monte plantation is an example of how they operate. The plantation is the source of income of the plant employees. Hindi nabigyan nang revolutionary tax, nagmamaktol kaagad.

  • The Overlord

    The CPP/NPA is a terrorist group that extorts money from people. No one should ever trust these scum! They are modern-day mongrels whose only agenda is to take power from duly elected government officers. 

  • opinyonlangpo

    I thought I read it somewhere that the new military chief said they are no longer a relevant force. Something must have happened.. . . . like more military losses.

  • Darwin

    Joma is coming back courtesy of in law De Lima and cousin Sixto Brillantes. Egged and abetted by Llamas, Hontiveros and Rocamora. The war with the communists is over. We lost.

  • Albert Einstien

    the AFP knows that MILF & CPP/NPA are SPENT FORCE…why their rebirth….same thing happened in 1986..CORY freed them ALL..all the enemies of the MILF is demanding territory & bangsa moro state..while cpp/npa is demandinJOINT GOVERNANCE….instead of claiming sabah and asking MALAYSIA to VACATE sabah…& protecting the sulu sultanate heroes who RAISED the RP FLAG in sabah…pnoy chose to be a MALASia spokeperson…parroting MALAYSIA policy of sending the HEROES back …what a SHAME..what a LEADER?……tsk tsk

  • 007FFA

    YOU KNOW WHY??? Because HIS FATHER like HIMSELF A COMMUNIST..It runs in the family I BLAME MYSELF too!!! on that EDSA of Nonsense. OH!!!He sold our country to CHINA and MALAYSIA…Anyone whos closer to him WHEN given a chance SHOULD TAKE HIM DOWN!!!NOW Being A TRAITOR, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!AQUINOOS

  • Jezzrel

    NINONG, pababain mo na sila, umuwi na po kayo, wala na po ang kalaban, PATAY na PO!!!

  • shane oy

    oh nag iexist pa pala ang mga ito. 

  • virgoyap

    Once this peace talk will push through this will be another big leap forward for the Aquino administration. Mabuhay!!!

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