Despite Recent NPA Attacks in Davao City, Govt Preparing for 5th Rounds in Netherlands- Sec. Dureza

Despite renewed violence perpetrated recently by the communist armed groups in Davao Ciy, the government peace panel is still preparing for the forthcoming 5th round of talks on May 27 to June 1 in the Netherlands, said OPAPP chair and Sec. Jesus Dureza said in his statement posted on Facebook Wednesday morning.

“The working committees of both sides have been meeting continuously in the country for the purpose,” he said even as he expressed dismay that “although peace negotiations with the CPP/NPA/NDF are now making some substantial headway, their forces   still continue to wage attacks that victimize civilians and inflict damage on  the civilian sector. “

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“Although a bilateral ceasefire is not yet in place,  the public’s common reaction to these incidents  questions the sincerity of those whom we talk and deal with across the table. The public also questions their capacity to manage and control  their forces on the ground. There are even calls now to stop the talks altogether and pursue an all-out military offensive against their armed groups,” he added. 

He said the government’s resolve to bring peace remains  and “we who are tasked to seek a peaceful and principled settlement must pursue, with more vigor , these peace engagements with the communist rebels.”

“Our expectation is that  our unrelenting efforts in addressing the issues, bridging the ideological divide and  finding a common ground  may eventually pay off and bring about  just, sustainable and enduring peace in the land. 

No doubt, the task is not easy, taking every necessary step, but we will continue. We  will not yield in our resolve. We will not be deterred. “

He said President Duterte’s aspiration “is to end this tragedy of Filipinos fighting Filipinos. While he boldly deals with those who bring harm to the people, his dream is to bring peace through a just and principled settlement with all rebel groups in the land. Let us all close ranks and stay the course with him.”

Dureza’s statement is as follows:

“MY STATEMENT ON RECENT NPA ATTACKS

‘WE WILL NOT BE DETERRED’

We are dismayed that although peace negotiations with the CPP/NPA/NDF are now making some substantial headway, their forces   still continue to wage attacks that victimize civilians and inflict damage on  the civilian sector.

Although a bilateral ceasefire is not yet in place,  the public’s common reaction to these incidents  questions the sincerity of those whom we talk and deal with across the table. The public also questions their capacity to manage and control  their forces on the ground. There are even calls now to stop the talks altogether and pursue an all-out military offensive against their armed groups.

There is no doubt at all  that our security forces — the AFP and the PNP —  with the support of the civilian communities must and can  deal with these contingencies.

On the other hand, we  who are tasked to seek a peaceful and principled settlement must pursue, with more vigor , these peace engagements with the communist rebels. Our expectation is that  our unrelenting efforts in addressing the issues, bridging the ideological divide and  finding a common ground  may eventually pay off and bring about  just, sustainable and enduring peace in the land.

No doubt, the task is not easy, taking every necessary step, but we will continue. We  will not yield in our resolve. We will not be deterred.

Secretary  Silvestre Bello III, government panel chair and his panel are now preparing for the forthcoming 5th round of talks on May 27 to June 1 in the Netherlands. The working committees of both sides have been meeting continuously in the country for the purpose.

President Duterte’s aspiration is to end this tragedy of Filipinos fighting Filipinos. While he boldly deals with those who bring harm to the people, his dream is to bring peace through a just and principled settlement with all rebel groups in the land. Let us all close ranks and stay the course with him.”

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