• NDFP says Deles sabotaging peace talks

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    THE National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Friday accused Presidential Peace Adviser on Peace Process Teresita “Ding” Deles of ‘sabotaging’ the peace process between the government and the communist rebel group.

    NDFP represents the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in the on and off peace negotiations with the Philippine Government (GRP) to end the decades long protracted war in the countryside.

    Deles, who has represented the government since the Arroyo administration, claimed that the NDFP designed the peace-talks between the GRP and NDFP to be ‘unending’.

    But NDFP spokesperson Fidel Agcaoili said that it was Deles who wants a permanent end to the peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP and eventual end to the revolutionary movement.

    “But because she (Deles) could not get her way, she has been sabotaging the peace talks . . . even proclaiming the so-called sovereign right of the US to intervene in Philippine affairs in the ¨terrorist” listing of the CPP, NPA and Prof. Jose Maria Sison,” Agcaoili said.

    The NDFP spokesperson also said that recent action by Deles was a deviation from a round of negotiations where it was agreed that the two parties would call on the international community to refrain from any action that may impede or impair the peace process.

    “Now, with her preposterous claim, Deles is practically calling as foolish all previous presidents and her predecessors in the having been “hoodwinked” by the NDFP into signing and approving more than 12 agreements,” Agcaoili said.

    Among the agreements signed by the previous administration with the NDFP were the Hague Joint Declaration, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (Jasig), and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

    “This is the reason why Deles´ negotiating panel refuses to abide by signed agreements, declaring The Hague Joint Declaration, the framework agreement in the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations, a ¨divisive¨ document, and the Jasig ¨inoperative¨ in securing the release of Jasig-protected persons,” Agcaoili said.

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