• Palace open to talks with Reds

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    Malacañang remains optimistic that peace negotiations with communist rebels will continue despite the bumpy issues concerning the government’s peace deal with Muslim secessionists.

    “Through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), we remain open and interested in discussing and to resume formal talks (with the National Democratic Front),” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

    In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Coloma noted that Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Undersecretary Manuel Bautista and other government officials went to Loreto, Agusan del Sur to witness the return of a hundred communist rebels to the fold of the law.

    “They also witnessed the surrender of weapons. The government wants to pursue the peace process and continue to study other possibilities which will result in the resumption of the negotiations between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front),” the official stressed.

    The peace talks stalled years ago due to several disagreements between the parties.

    Coloma said he is still verifying with Deles if indeed she went to Norway in an attempt to convince communist leaders to return to the negotiation table.

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