Quantcast
Latest Stories

Plans for Aquino meeting with Joma Sison in Hanoi fizzle out

By

Joma Sison. FILE PHOTO

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines—Can the tack government adopted with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front be replicated in its peacemaking effort with communist rebels?

It appears not as plans for a Hanoi meeting between President Aquino and Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria Sison have fizzled out, according to the National Democratic Front.

The NDF explained that the scuttling of the plan was the result of a failure of the two sides to come up with a mutually agreed general declaration, which in turn, was caused by the government’s sending of “a delegation of special representatives with a limited mandate” to negotiate with NDF representatives last Feb. 25-26.

The NDF peace shared with journalists its internal notes on the February 25-26 meeting between its negotiators and their government counterparts in Amsterdam. The notes were e-mailed to the Inquirer by Marco Valbuena, media relations officer of the Communist Party of the Philippines media bureau.

The meeting between the two panels was undertaken through the “special track,” that is, outside of the regular negotiating mechanism they had  agreed on, the NDF notes said.

The NDF revealed that presidential adviser on political affairs Ronald Llamas  met with Sison using the special track intermittently during the  past two years.

According to the NDF, the Aquino-Sison meeting in Hanoi was proposed by Llamas when they met in Amsterdam in November 2012 in the presence of Ambassador Ture Lunch, special envoy of the Norwegian government, which has been facilitating the stalled peace talks.

Llamas described such a meeting in Hanoi as a “first historic moment,” the NDF added. It was planned to be hosted by the Norwegian government.

The meeting was targeted to happen “early 2013” and would have like the one Aquino had MILF chair Murad Ebrahim in Tokyo in August 2011.

The NDF said that the Hanoi meeting was meant to “stimulate the forging of a general or common declaration for effecting truce and cooperation.”

The NDF said the parties had “diametrically opposite positions” on the matter. “While the NDFP seeks truce and alliance, the GPH wants ceasefire within GPH constitutional and legal processes,” the NDF said.

The Aquino-Murad meeting in Tokyo is credited with building a high level of confidence between the parties that fuelled the hastening of the peace negotiations, which is about to wrap up.

In contrast, the peace talks between the government and the NDF grinds in an on-and-off fashion.

During their November 2012 meeting, the NDF said Llamas “also promised that NDF consultant Alan Jazmines” and other prisoners protected by the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG) would be released from prison before the Hanoi meeting.

The NDF related that Sison agreed to the meeting but wanted that the parties firm up a “general declaration for inclusion in the press communiqué to be issued in Hanoi.”

The crafting of the basic points started last December and should have been thoroughly discussed during the February meeting.

As a product of the December meeting, the parties agreed that the commonly agreed general declaration must contain the following: Common declaration of national unity and just peace; further upholding national independence, democracy and human rights; creation of a Committee for National Unity, Peace and Development; agrarian reform, rural development and national industrialization; and truce.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Communist Insurgency , Communist Party of the Philippines , Features , National Democratic Front , Peace talks

  • Philcruz

    Sison is a hopeless case. Just leave him be. He is a confused communist who enjoys his life in Europe..while instigating his followers here to fight, fight, fight. Parang Kiram.

    The government should just continue generating jobs fast in the provinces and this communist will just become irrelevant. In fact, he is now. So leave him be.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  2. Afghan hospital guard kills 3 US doctors, including Fil-Am pediatrician
  3. HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  4. Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  5. Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  6. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  7. US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  8. Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  9. Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  10. Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  1. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  2. Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  3. Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  4. Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  5. 85% of Filipinos love US – survey
  6. 10 US presidents who visited the PH (and what they said)
  7. WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  8. 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  9. 150 Filipino teachers in Maryland to lose jobs, visas
  10. Japan mulls no visa rule for Filipinos
  1. US to China: We will protect Philippines
  2. Japan mulls no visa rule for Filipinos
  3. DFA grants visa-free privilege to 7 countries
  4. China warned: Don’t try to tow away BRP Sierra Madre
  5. Back home in Manila, and feeling out of place
  6. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  7. Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  8. China: PH tarnishing Beijing’s international image
  9. What’s inside BRP Sierra Madre?
  10. Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
Advertisement

News

  • Aquino to lead Air Force turnover rites
  • Security in place for Obama as police hope for ‘peaceful’ visit
  • Retired SC justice Lorenzo Relova; 98
  • Ligots fight 2nd forfeiture case
  • PH will be partly cloudy in afternoon, evening—Pagasa
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 US doctors, including Fil-Am pediatrician
  • Marketplace