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“Peace Talk is OK But “Crush” NPA and Abu Sayyaf if They Fight Us”: Pres. Duterte
In a press briefing final week, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that the Philippine authorities continues to be prepared to have a peace speak settlement with the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed group of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). This assertion has been made regardless of President Duterte’s order to struggle and “crush” terrorists of the nation which, in line with the federal government, contains NPA. He additionally added that the president took a agency stand on combating with the opposing forces, particularly those that struggle within the armed battle nevertheless it doesn’t imply that Duterte shouldn’t be open for reviving the peace speak with this group. 

“The President, as we always hear him, he always leaves a space, the window ajar for any peace negotiation with them but he will not allow the attacks, the assaults against our forces that is why if they attempt to do that, the order is to crush them,” Panelo stated on Thursday.

In his speech on the 84th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) the opposite day, December 17, at Camp Aguinaldo, the president stated:

“Another enemy that’s ruining lives is the terrorists, including the NPA, the kidnap-for-ransom, and the Abu Sayyaf in Jolo. My order is, if they fight, crush them to put an end to Filipinos’ problem.”

Meanwhile, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported yesterday, December 18, primarily based on an announcement of a former insurgent named “Ka Dada” in a discussion board on the Asian Center on the University of the Philippines in Diliman, that the CCP-NPA shouldn’t be actually honest in having a peace speak with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) that’s why having one is not going to actually remedy the issues and it could solely permit them for extra publicity and probabilities for recruitments. Attended by quite a few organizations, this discussion board was hosted by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) with former rebels as useful resource audio system. 
According to alias Ka Dada:

“Basically, the CPP-NPA are just toying with the government. They act as if they also want peace for everyone. But the only peace for them is overthrowing the government and lead the country. That is why atrocities still occur even with the peace talks going on”.

Panelo additionally stated that president Duterte has at all times been severe in having one other peace speak with this insurgent group. However, in line with the spokesperson, the NPA retains on attacking the AFP. In December 13, Friday, it was reported in numerous information outlet that NPA members launched one other assault on the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), killing one officer and a 69-year-old lady whereas additionally injuring 5 different police males. The stated assault occurred within the afternoon across the village of Libutan in Borongan City, Eastern Samar, by way of an improvised explosive machine. However, the reviews are considerably complicated as different outlet says it additionally killed 3-year-old boy, which was by no means talked about in different information reviews. Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights stated introduced that they may conduct an impartial investigation regarding this incident. 
About the stated peace speak, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) chief political marketing consultant Joma Sison acknowledged final Saturday:

“The NDFP negotiating panel can withdraw from the peace negotiations if and when these are being used by the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) merely to compromise and set up the NDFP and the revolutionary movement. Of course, there are big risks taken by the NDFP in agreeing to negotiate peace with the GRP and address the roots of the armed conflict by agreeing on social, economic and political reforms”. 


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