Gov’t hints at ‘rift’ in CPP could be affecting peace talks


MANILA, Philippines–The government on Monday hinted at a rift within the so-called “reaffirmist faction” of the Communist Party of the Philippines that could be influencing the stalled peace negotiations between the government and the communist rebels.

Presidential peace adviser Secretary Teresita Deles: Now for the difficult part. INQUIRER file photo

Presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Deles said the government peace panel’s recent consultations with communities affected by the decades-long insurgency have raised one important question: is the government even talking to the right people?

“Who are we talking to? Are they the right people? That was the advice to us, that we should examine that question,” Deles said at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines forum.

CPP founder Jose Ma. Sison and Luis Jalandoni are heading the negotiating panel of the CPP and its political arm, the National Democratic Front and armed group, the New People People’s Army.

Government chief negotiator Alex Padilla said that according to the government’s intelligence sources, Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, members of the CPP’s Central Committee, are now the ones “in-charge.”

Padilla said that one indication that Sison may no longer have control over the CPP’s people on the ground was when the latter reneged on the documents that he himself presented during the “special track” on the talks that was proposed by the CPP-NDF-NPA panel itself.

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  • pinoy_ako_ofw

    long distance relationship doesn’t work in love life so as in NPA organization. This two guys think they can run the group from the comfort of Netherlands. That’s why there is no point talking to them but make them surrender their pointless struggles.

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Hindi patas ang hating kapatid. Yong isa gusto malaki share nya kasi mataas ang cost of living nila doon sa Netherland. Mahal na daw ang beer, wine, steak, chicken, tuna at sexy lady.

  • pfckulapu_parin

    kapwa demonyo di magkasundo…

  • aquino_josemaria

    40 + years of talking to NPA yields nothing. Time to consider elimination.

  • durian

    If only these people CPP/NPA/NDF, valued life of the people they are victimizing…, switch to harmonious way of living couple with perseverance.., this country will zoom to progress. Promise!!!!

  • durian

    Yung nababasa kong saying: “Pagtutulongan ang sagot sa kahirapan, Hindi digmaan” I think this is true…,If only our brothers and sisters who embrace the communist ideology realized this…, our country Philippines would surely become strong, economically and militarily. The over all total: WE WILL BE PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO!

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