Peace talks to push through – CPP leaders

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REDS AT THE PALACE President Rodrigo Duterte (left) shakes hands with communist leader Benito Tiamzon in Malacañang on Monday. The President had dinner with communist leaders, who thanked the government for restarting peace talks and releasing jailed leaders. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

REDS AT THE PALACE President Rodrigo Duterte (left) shakes hands with communist leader Benito Tiamzon in Malacañang on Monday. The President had dinner with communist leaders, who thanked the government for restarting peace talks and releasing jailed leaders. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

LEADERS of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) assured President Rodrigo Duterte that peace negotiations with his administration will not be cancelled, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Duterte met with CPP Chairman Benito Tiamzon, his wife, Wilma and members of the National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panel in Malacañang Monday night.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the CPP leaders thanked Duterte for jumpstarting the peace negotiations.

“It was a meet-and-greet. Basically, they were saying ‘thank you’ for releasing their consultants. And they also mentioned their willingness to cooperate in the socio-economic reforms of the President, as long as both parties are in an agreement with whatever reforms that are being discussed,” Abella said in a news conference.


“They said that there would be no cancellation of the peace talks. But they were all very supportive… and they are all very enthusiastic about the progress of the current peace talks,” he added.

The government resumed peace negotiations with the communist group last month.

Both parties will be holding the second round of peace negotiations at the Holmenfjord Hotel in Oslo, Norway from October 6 to 10, according to the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

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  1. Does anybody in media notice that Joma Sison is Leila de Lima’s uncle, because Leila’s aunt Julie de Lima married Sison and the couple have four children. Just confirms that the commie-narco-yellows are one and the same group plotting to take over the country, Du30 beware of your red friends.

  2. I just hope that CPP-NPA and the government will start working together in all ways that benefit the people. We should know that there is no system of governance that is perfect by itself, but an agreeable to all if not perfection is attainable also by an ongoing conversation. I know one of the many demands of the cause-oriented groups that CPP-NPA is also supportive off is the program about land to the landless. And I hope the government is not zeroing its program on land reform only to the Aquinos state, but to all others who own so much land, especially in Mindanao, the Visayas and some parts of Luzon. And I hope that government would also study well the program on the land reform, so as not to discriminate the national interest and usefulness of the land. I hope and pray that CPP-NPA should also be supportive of the national interest where all are winners. Good Luck!

  3. mabait na pinoy on

    Jo Ma Sison is already out of the picture? I was told that his role is only an advisor now, and the Chairmanship of CPP was already given to Benito Tiamzon. At this point, many Filipinos still do not understand what the CPP/NDF want, and what they are fighting for.