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PEACE TALKS END | OPAPP follows Duterte, cancels all meetings with CPP/NPA/NDF

PEACE TALKS END | OPAPP follows Duterte, cancels all meetings with CPP/NPA/NDF

"I have chose to cut talks with the NPA", he said.

This is an unfortunate development in our work for peace. "Never before have we all reached this far in our negotiations with them".

Dureza's announcement comes a day after Duterte said he had made a decision to "cut talks with the NPAs", and days after the President said he planned to issue a proclamation tagging communist rebels as "terrorists".

Duterte's fresh threat against the Leftist rebels came a few hours after presidential adviser on peace process Jesus Dureza announced that the government had chose to scrap the peace talks with the communist rebels.

Duterte, a former student of CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison, had sought an end to the almost five decade-long Maoist insurgency early in his term.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the cancellation of peace talks with communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies in a blow to efforts to end a half century-long conflict.

"We will follow the order of the Commander-in-Chief, the Chief Executive, and the President".

"If they want war, I will give it to them".

In a speech at Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, the President said of the rebels: "I will simply declare you all terrorists".

"You are helping each other, conspiring to topple or whatever to sow terror".

"We will treat you as a criminal, period". Terorista kayo pati 'yung mga legal front 'nyo, alam ko. "However, the Communist Party and its armed elements have not shown reciprocity".

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Sen. Francis Escudero expressed hope the cancellation of the talks was "just a snag in the peace talks and will serve to enlighten both sides". "The no ceasefire, no peace talks policy being pushed by the militarist elements in the Cabinet or a localized talks practically negates the inherent objective of a peace negotiation", Zarate said.

Dureza said Wednesday he had informed Norway of Duterte's decision.

According to Dureza, the President has taken unprecedented steps and has walked the so-called extra mile to bring peace.

Sen. Ralph Recto said he respected Duterte's decision with the rising number of police and military casualties from rebel attacks but urged him to "be a little more patient and do backchannel talks".

As this developed, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said President Duterte has had enough of the communist movement's penchant for double-talk and continued acts of atrocities against the Filipino people.

In an interview with the government-run PTV network in September, the President said the resumption of the talks would just be a waste of money.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Defense department will pursue operations against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, New People's Army (NPA), now that the government has cancelled peace talks with the group.

The United States Secretary of State has designated the CPP-NPA as a foreign terrorist organization on August 9, 2002.

"The government must still leave the door open for possible future peace talks", he said.

"If I had my way, be a little more patient and do backchannel talks. I am not the President", said Recto.

Baguilat, however, blamed the rebels for lack of good faith and goodwill with their continuing attacks on government forces and imposition of revolutionary taxes in the countryside. "We trust the military, of course, to make the necessary readings on the matter".


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