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Militant groups gathered in Davao City to support peace talks between the Communist Party of the Philippines, National Democratic Front, New People's Army and the government days before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration on June 30, Thursday.
According to a SOCCSKSARGEN spokesperson, the groups are composed of supporters from different provinces who staged a gathering in Rizal Park, Davao City.
The upcoming Duterte administration has very been vocal about its desire to jumpstart peace talks and negotiation process with the communist movement. It has been reported that he ordered incoming labor secretary and government peace panel lead Silvestre Bello and presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza, to pay a visit and talk to Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) who has been in The Netherlands for decades where he is seeking asylum as a political refugee.
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“I have commissioned them to go to Oslo, to the Scandinavian countries to hold the preliminary talks there,” Duterte, who classified himself as a leftist leader, said in an interview.
The former Davao City mayor also mentioned that he plans on having former members of rebel groups into the armed forces or the police as he vows to be as inclusive as possible.
In the past, several administrations attempted to push for peace talks with the communist movement but ended up being unsuccessful because of some demand not being met. President Benigno Aquino III during his administration managed to revive negotiations with the communist party but didn’t push through because both parties cannot agree on the release of prisoners along with economic considerations.
In his press briefing, Duterte emphasized that his ultimate solution in solving armed conflicts is to push for a federal government.
The gathering of communist party and government peace talk supporters will last until Duterte’s inauguration set on Thursday. –MR, Kami Media
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