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Pres. Duterte: “Peace Talk is OK but “Crush” NPA and Abu Sayyaf if They Fight Us”

In a press briefing final week, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo mentioned that the Philippine authorities continues to be keen to have a peace discuss 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 isn’t open for reviving the peace discuss with this group. 

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“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 mentioned 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 mentioned:

“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.” 

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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 isn’t actually honest in having a peace discuss 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 possibilities 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 mentioned that president Duterte has all the time been critical in having one other peace discuss 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 mentioned assault occurred within the afternoon across the village of Libutan in Borongan City, Eastern Samar, by way of an improvised explosive gadget. However, the experiences are considerably complicated as different outlet says it additionally killed 3-year-old boy, which was by no means talked about in different information experiences. Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights mentioned introduced that they are going to conduct an unbiased investigation regarding this incident. 

About the mentioned peace discuss, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) chief political guide 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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