Palace to ‘Reds’: Duterte a listening President

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo may consider reviving peace talks with communist rebels, Malacañang said on Saturday, describing the Chief Executive as a “listening president.”

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In a radio interview, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte was paying attention to the plea of the communist rebels to continue the peace negotiations.

“I’m sure the President is a listening President and he will continue to consider the advice of his [Cabinet] secretaries, advisers and peace advisers,” Abella told government-run dzRB radio station.

“Let’s see in the coming days what would be the developments,” he added.

Abella issued the statement after Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison urged Duterte to address the discord between the communist rebels and the government and eventually resume peace talks.

Communist rebels last week ended a unilateral ceasefire it declared in August, saying the government failed to release hundreds of detained rebels and violated its own ceasefire declaration.

This prompted Duterte to cancel peace talks with the communists and ordered the arrest of its consultants released on bail to join the negotiations that began in August 2016 in Oslo, Norway.

The President also ordered the revocation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees between the government and the communists, in a bid to formally end the peace talks and be able to arrest freed rebel leaders.

The military has declared an all-out war on the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army.
Sison, however, remained hopeful that the talks will resume even if the lifting of ceasefire have been observed by both parties.

“I propose [that Duterte]consult thoroughly with his negotiating panel and the peace advocates in his own Cabinet and others outside of his government, and encourage and allow back-channeling efforts to clarify misunderstandings and solve immediately the current problems,” Sison said.

“[The CPP wishes] to pursue with the government the bright prospects that started with the first round of formal talks in August 2016 and overcome the peace spoilers that run counter to the progress that has been achieved in the third round of formal talks,” he added.

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  1. aladin g. villacorte on

    There was a time not so long ago when President Duterte proclaimed to the world that the Reds would die for him. Now, a day after terminating the peace talks, he labeled the communist rebels “terrorists” and has ordered an all-out war against them. Of course this is not the final word on this issue. “The President,” according to Abella, “is a listening President.”

    I honestly believe that if these rebels abandon communism as their shield in fighting the government, the Filipino nation will welcome them with open arms.

  2. Hope is very good, but Sison and his party must show a real leadership that is absolutely respected by his ground commander and the NPA fighters, otherwise, Sison and his party leadership is just nothing, your ground commander on the ground the NPA can afford to spit each one of you in your face and shred that paper work containing agreement with GRP right in your presence on the ground and pee on it. That is how bad and without control the true picture of Sison’s leadership over the NPA. Sison is highly educated person, a University professor, he must know how to act as such!! What kind of face is he bringing to convince GRP to get back to the peace talk. If they are all empty headed or bringing nothing, then they are nothing, ZERO, they have to go back to jail.