July 19, 2018, 4:09 am
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Peace talks with the Reds

I fully agree with President Duterte’s branding of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines as being ‘double-faced’ and insincere while hammering out a peace deal with the government.

There had been many incidents that while talking peace, the NPAs reject, ignore or defy the policy statements or directives of their seniors from the NDFP who are based in the Netherlands.

When questioned with this reality, Joma Sison, the acknowledged leader of the bandits, admitted that he and his company ‘have no control’ – administrative or operational - over the NPAs. 

President Duterte on Saturday scoffed at the communist rebels for continuing to attack government forces despite efforts at encouraging peace talks, adding burden to his administration’s internal problems such as the Marawi City siege.

I think and I suggest that the government would be better off talking peace with the local NPA leaders rather than with their ageing leaders who refuses to retire and still wanted to be in the limelight.

The 78-year old Sison and his ageing companions should not be sitting in the GRP-NDF negotiating table since it is useless to deal with a man who is not being listened to by his subordinates.

And dealing with them abroad only creates wastage in terms of time, money and effort on the part of the government. – Jomarie Kaye Patalinghug, Cebu
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