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PEACETALK: “Salvaging” the GRP-NDFP peace talks

During the Marcos Dictatorship, the word “salvage” or “salbids” translated into “extrajudicial killing.” To “salbids” is to summarily execute either a drug addict, a suspected criminal, or a communist. It is unfortunate that to call for the salvaging of the GRP-NDFP peace talks amid its virtual collapse can also mean its summary execution. We at […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsJul 2nd, 2018

PEACETALK: Interim peace proposal for the 3-month wait on the GRP-NDFP front

NAGA CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) — The GRP-NDFP front (Government of the Republic of the Philippines – National Democratic Front of the Philippines) of war and peace has just taken its most recent twist and turn:  the suspension of peace, including back-channel, talks for an announced period of  three months so that President Duterte, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

PEACETALK: The GRP-NDF peace negotiations and process aren’t over

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) &''The peace talks between the Philippine Government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is off again. But the peace negotiations and process are far from over. On February 4, less than a year after the much-welcomed resumption of the talks after being stalled during the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2017

PEACETALK: Resume peace talks, resume interim ceasefires

NAGA CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) &'8212; The call to resume the peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is only right and just because their scrapping by President Duterte was premature, even as the NDFP Panel Chief Political Consultant and [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2017

PEACETALK: Encouraging both parties to hurdle the snags in the current round of talks

(Statement of Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, main convenor of Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao and observer in the GRP-NDFP Peace Talks) ROME, Italy (MindaNews/ 20 January) &'8212; We welcome the high level of optimism that marked the opening of the talks in Rome yesterday. As observers in the peace [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Duterte offers to pay for NDFP peace talks

Duterte offers to pay for NDFP peace talks.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

After Malayao’s killing: NDFP reconsidering policy of being open to talks with ‘murderous Duterte regime’

The assassination of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines’s (NDFP) youngest peace consultant is pushing it to reconsider its policy of being open to peace negotiations with the Rodrigo Duterte regime, The post After Malayao’s killing: NDFP reconsidering policy of being open to talks with ‘murderous Duterte regime’ appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Communist rebels rethinking stand on openness to peace talks with gov’t

LUCENA CITY --- The communist insurgents are now rethinking their stand onbeing open to peace talks with the government. "In view of the murder of NDFP consultant Randy Malayao, the NDFP and all revolutionary forces within its fold are now in the process of reconsidering its policy of being open to peace negotiations with the GRP (government) under the Duterte regime," Jose Maria Sison, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder, said in a statement from Utrecht in the Netherlands Wednesday. He said the Maoist-inspired New People's Army (NPA) rebels and allied forces were "more than ever determined to carry out the overthrow of the treasonous, tyrannical, murderous and...Keep on reading: Communist rebels rethinking stand on openness to peace talks with gov’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

NDFP consultant-columnist shot dead in Nueva Vizcaya

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Felix P. Malayao was shot deadinside a bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday.   Malayao's ride was at a bus stop when the gunman reportedly climbed aboard, approached the sleeping victim and shot him, witnesses said. He died on the spot.   Before President Rodrigo Duterte canceled peace talks with the NDFP, Malayao attended formal peace negotiations in Europe as a consultant from Cagayan Valley. He also acted as one of the spokespersons of the NDFP Negotiating Panel in Europe.   Abroad and in the Philippines, Malayao represented the...Keep on reading: NDFP consultant-columnist shot dead in Nueva Vizcaya.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Reds remain open to peace talks – Joma

LUCENA CITY---Exiled top communist leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison said the Maoist-inspired rebels would always remain open to negotiating for peace with the government even if President Duterte would repeatedly reject it. "Kahit sabihin niyang ayaw na niya ang peace talks, bukas pa rin ang pinto ng NDFP para sa pag-uusap alang-alang sa sambayanang Pilipino (Even if he says he no longer wants peace talks, the door of the NDFP is still open for talks in consideration of the Filipino people)," Sison, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder, said in an online interview from his base in Utrecht, The Netherlands on Wednesday. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF...Keep on reading: Reds remain open to peace talks – Joma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

GRP-NDFP talks resume; Andal to lead efforts

President Duterte has given the green light to backdoor peace negotiations with the communist rebel group by assigning former Philippine Coconut Authority head Avelino Andal to lead the effort. Source link: GRP-NDFP talks resume; Andal to lead efforts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Resume peace talks to end insurgency – solon

Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao told the Duterte government that it’s better to resume the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) than to aim for “another unreachable and fantastical goal” of ending insurgency on the country in the next three years......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Joma Sison nixes terms of new talks

LUCENA CITY --- The government and the communist rebels should not dictate the composition of both negotiating panels in the peace talks, said exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison on Sunday. "Duterte is out of order if he insists that he dictates who [would] compose the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) negotiating panel, advisers and consultants. Likewise, the NDFP cannot go over his head and dictate the composition of the GRP (government) negotiating panel, advisers and consultants," Sison said in an online interview from Utrecht in the Netherlands. Possible resumption Sison made the statement after President Rodrigo...Keep on reading: Joma Sison nixes terms of new talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Duterte open again to talks with Reds, but…

President Rodrigo Duterte said he was still open to peace negotiations with communist rebels but didn't want to hold talks with any of their top leaders and chief negotiators.   He also suggested that they must first abandon their armed struggle, which the rebels have repeatedly said they would not do before a final peace deal.   In a message intended for exiled rebel leaders, he said: "You come (here), cut and cut cleanly. You adopt the democracy that we find ourselves in."   Jose Maria Sison, founding chair of the 50-year-old Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Fidel Agcaoili, head of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and...Keep on reading: Duterte open again to talks with Reds, but….....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Reds open to resumption of peace talks

        LUCENA CITY -- The leader of the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) casually received President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that he is not closing the door for the possible resumption of the stalled peace talks with the Maoist-inspired insurgents.   "The position of the NDFP is clear: it is open to resume peace negotiations with the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) under the Duterte regime anytime the latter so decides to avail of this avenue to bring about basic social, economic and political reforms for the benefit of the Filipino people," Fidel Agcaoili, NDFP chair, said in a sh...Keep on reading: Reds open to resumption of peace talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019

Ecumenical group welcomes House’s call for resumption of GRP-NDFP peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 25 December) – The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) on Tuesday said it welcomes House Resolution 2339 urging President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Adopted by the the House of Representatives on December 12, the resolution was authored by Rep. Ruby Sahali […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 25th, 2018

House adopts measure urging Duterte to resume peace talks

The House of Representatives urged President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace talks with the NDFP after members unanimously adopted House Resolution 2339 calling on the government to return to the negotiating table and complete the peace negotiations with the communist group. House adopts measure urging Duterte to resume peace talks Source link: House adopts measure urging Duterte to resume peace talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Duterte: NDFP negotiators won’t be arrested

President Rodrigo Duterte has assured two peace negotiators of the communist insurgents they will not be arrested if they return to the country for informal talks, though he will not meet with them.   The President made the assurance after Luis Jalandoni and Fidel Agcaoili of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) called off plans to visit Manila due to security concerns.   "Agcaoili said they will no longer come here because they will be arrested. I will not have you arrested," the President said on Thursday night during the 35th anniversary of the Army Reserve Command at Camp Regio de Dios in Tanza, Cavite.   "This Agcaoili and Jalandon...Keep on reading: Duterte: NDFP negotiators won’t be arrested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

DND chief to fight NDFP bid to resume talks

  The police and military will oppose further attempts by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to restore peace talks with the government.   In a statement on Thursday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison's claim that threats had been made against NDFP negotiators Fidel Agcaoili, Luis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma by President Duterte's "armed minions," which resulted in the cancellation of their trip to the Philippines, was insulting.   No respect   "Mr. Sison is trying his damnedest best to have his subalterns meet with the President and yet, at...Keep on reading: DND chief to fight NDFP bid to resume talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Sison: Only Agcaoili may return to PH to meet with gov’t leaders

LUCENA CITY -- Without President Rodrigo Duterte's assurance on their safety and protection, the leaders of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) based overseas may cancel their scheduled return to the country to work for the possible resumption of the peace talks. Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said Sunday that NDFP chair Fidel Agcaoili will leave Utrecht, The Netherlands for his homecoming trip to the Philippines on Monday (Nov. 19) "if there will be no threats" of his possible arrest. "But Louie and Coni had already decided not to return to the Philippines due to threats of arrest from General Ao (Interior Secretary Edu...Keep on reading: Sison: Only Agcaoili may return to PH to meet with gov’t leaders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Sison: Duterte should guarantee safety of NDFP execs returning to PH

    LUCENA CITY -- The scheduled return to the country of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) leaders to seek audience with President Duterte for the possible resumption of the peace talks is in danger of being cancelled, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said Saturday.     Sison said the homecoming of NDFP chair Fidel Agcaoili, NDFP senior adviser Luis Jalandoni and NDFP panel member Coni Ledesma is scheduled on Sunday (Nov. 18).   "The homecoming of Fidel, Louie and Coni might not push through due to threats from Ao (Interior Sec. Eduado Ao) that some of them might be arrested or slappe...Keep on reading: Sison: Duterte should guarantee safety of NDFP execs returning to PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018