Mayor Sara to Pres. Duterte: peace talks with NDF is “counterproductive and plainly useless”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) — Mayor Sara Duterte is asking her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, to reconsider his decision to reopen peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDF) as it is “counterproductive and plainly useless.” “While I trust the wisdom of the President and his intention to end the insurgency problem peacefully, […] The post Mayor Sara to Pres. Duterte: peace talks with NDF is “counterproductive and plainly useless” appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsApr 14th, 2018

Solon tells Davao City mayor: Study rebellion roots

Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao on Saturday urged Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to first understand why communist rebellion persists in the countryside before concluding that it was a waste of time to resume peace talks with National Democratic Front of the Philippines.   In a statement, Casilao said Carpio should realize that rebellion persists because of continuing injustice in rural areas, like the concentration of land ownership in the hands of a few families.   On Friday, Carpio said that while she respected the decision of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, to resume talks with rebels, she believed it would be "counterproductive and plainly useless" because rebel...Keep on reading: Solon tells Davao City mayor: Study rebellion roots.....»»

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Mayor Duterte to Rep. Casilao: My position on peace talks reflects sentiment of Dabawenyos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – City Mayor Sara Duterte lashed out at Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao for criticizing her for her opposition to the resumption of peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, saying her position reflected the sentiment of most Dabawenyos. The mayor had asked her […] The post Mayor Duterte to Rep. Casilao: My position on peace talks reflects sentiment of Dabawenyos appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

STATEMENT: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte: “no to peace talks”

(Statement of Mayor Sara Duterte on the resumption of peace talks with the National Democratic Front, released by the City Information Office on 13 April 2018)  Respectfully, I am asking President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision to reopen the negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. I believe the insurgency problem can […] The post STATEMENT: Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte: “no to peace talks” appeared first on MindaNews......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Presidential daughter says no to peace talks with communists

DAVAO CITY – Presidential daughter and mayor of Davao City, Sara Carpio, has appealed Friday to his father, Rodrigo Duterte, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Sara Duterte wants father to ditch talks with communist rebels

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest daughter, who once mounted a local initiative to talk peace with communists, is asking her father to reconsider resuming peace negotiations with communist rebels. In a statement on Friday, April 13, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio dismissed negotiations with communists ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Progressive groups call on Sara to push for peace talks

Progressive organizations on Friday, December 8, urged Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to convince her father to return to the negotiating tables with communists......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Sara to continue local peace talks with Reds

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Even as President Duterte ordered the cancellation of peace talks with the communists, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she would con Source link link: Sara to continue local peace talks with Reds.....»»

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Sara to continue local peace talks with Reds

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Even as President Duterte ordered the cancellation of peace talks with the communists, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she would con.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Duterte supports local peace efforts of Mayor Sara

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Nov) – Despite the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) being put on hold for five months already, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he supports the localized peace efforts of his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, with the New People’s Army (NPA), as he […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Davao mayor to pursue localized talks with Reds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will pursue a localized peace negotiation with communist rebels even if the peace talks between government and the National Democratic Front have been stalled anew. Duterte-Carpio, speaking to reporters on the first day of two-day Davao Investment Conference Friday at the SMX Convention Center here on Friday said she will issue [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

Mayor Sara: Localized peace talks with reds ‘put on hold’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 April) – City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the localized peace talks with the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) will be put on hold while talks between the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) are ongoing in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. In a statement released on Wednesday, the presidential [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsApr 5th, 2017

Sara Duterte to dad: No peace talks with Reds

Like a battered lover saying goodbye to the tormentor, it’s time to end the suffering......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

Mindanao peace advocates, church leaders welcome resumption of talks

Church leaders and peace advocates welcomed the pronouncement of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to resume the peace talks between the government and communists after months of uncertainties following its cancellation......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Davao’s Madrasah Program centers on promoting peace, understanding

The Davao City government’s Madrasah Comprehensive and Development Promotion Program under Mayor Inday Sara Duterte’s office has been in the forefront of providing quality education to Muslim youth. It is also hoped to become an avenue for attaining peace and fostering understanding among Muslims and Christians in Davao City. Madrasah Program Officer Basit Baraguir said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

TERRORISTS THEY HAD IT COMING. Five Presidents offered the communist rebels and its armed militia peace but the settlements have not arrived into a fruition. The peace negotiation is done thousands of miles away and extremely is expensive. It is not a walk in the park in that if we consider the number of time the peace panel has to fly to the Netherlands every word can translate to a dollar. The last one is the 5th round  under the Duterte administration alone, and each round a new agenda and new demands are put across the table. It is an endless exercise and personally I am amazed at the patience of  Sec. Jess Dureza and Sec. Bebot Bello in what looks like a bumpy ride in theme park. In the meantime  police and military peace patrols are ambushed, in some cases the victims dead bodies are mutilated and if civilians happen to be along the path they are consigned to mistaken casualty. In an apparent affront to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte even the Presidential Security Guards are not spared. And what about the helpless corporate farms and road contractors’ equipment in remote areas that are being harassed and are set on fire for not paying the so-called “revolutionary tax”. I was told by a government official from Davao Oriental that even the PPP beneficiaries are also being taxed! What classic tomfoolery is this? At the height of the Marawi siege when the President was forced to declare martial law in Mindanao CPP chieftain Jose Maria Sison ordered the escalation of NPA hostilities against the government forces. If you do not call that a declaration of war it must be something’s  else. Still, Duterte hold his forces and another attempt at backdoor negotiation was dispatched. Before Jess and Joma could say hello, an infant was killed in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon. Talks were suspended and finally we are back in ground zero. President Duterte had declared the CPP/NPA a terrorist organization.  In hindsight, it is, or was, the peace negotiation that provided the Netherlands to continually extend Joma and his ilk the mantle of protection even as they were extended some degree of security for having been granted political asylum then. This, even as the CPP/NPA had been tagged by both America and the European Union as terrorist.  But time has changed. The reason for their escape to the Netherland, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, is now six feet below the ground. It is now President Duterte in the helm of the government and known for his closeness with the NPA rebels. But Duterte cannot allow that intimacy to be abused and his leadership insulted or ridiculed by Joma, his former professor. He is now President and the entire nation depends on him on how to address syndicated crime, corruption and radical insurgency. Duterte has goals to achieve and Joma’s antiquated ideology cannot be a deterrent to his government pursuit in achieving these objectives. Duterte made it clear to Jose Ma. Sison that neither government or any piece of the Philippine territory is subject to negotiations and demands.  But one thing is clear, and President Duterte is not reneging on his  promises and guarantees, members of the New Peoples Army may return to the folds of the law and live a normal life. Lands, housing and opportunities Duterte will give them. An offer which, I surmised, is not for eternity. After the terrorist tag there are only two options left for the members and  those identified and supportive of the CPP/NPA.  Lay down their arms and seek amnesty or continue with the armed struggle.  A refurbished Armed Forces of the Philippines is more prepared  now and ready to deal with those who cannot live in peace. (Jun Ledesma)   247 total views, 247 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Drilon urges Duterte to give peace talks a chance

SEN. Franklin Drilon said he is hoping that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will give “a little opening” to the peace talks with the communist rebels. Duterte terminated the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) by signing Proclamation No. 360 on Nov. 23, 2017. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque […] The post Drilon urges Duterte to give peace talks a chance appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joins former Government of the Philippines-Moro Islamic Liberation Front Implementing Panel Chair and convenor of the National Women’s Peace Table, Irene Santiago at the ceremonial setting of table for the 1st National Women’s Peace Table at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on Thursday, November 23. (More...) (Robby Joy D. Salveron /»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Duterte says peace talks a useless expense

Duterte says peace talks a useless expense.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017