NDFP Media Office
4 April 2017
Padilla predicts the failure of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.
In fact, Padilla is the biggest failure in the history of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.
During his stint as head of the GRP negotiating panel, the talks did not progress even an inch.
He wanted to move it backward in negating what had already been achieved by trying to tear apart all the important agreements already signed.
He attacked the all-important document that is The Hague Joint Declaration as being a document of perpetual division because he did not agree with the basic principles stated in the document, that the holding of peace negotiations must be in accordance with mutually acceptable principles, including national sovereignty, democracy and social justice and no precondition shall be made to negate the inherent character and purpose of the peace negotiations.
He did not agree with the principle of mutuality and reciprocity because he wanted to impose the authority of the GRP over the NDFP and the revolutionary movement.
He wanted the NDFP to surrender even without having come to agreement on the necessary reforms.
He said that in fact, the GRP was already implementing socio-economic programs, implying that there was really no need to go into the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), the second item in the substantive agenda of the peace negotiations.
That is why under his watch as head of the GRP negotiating panel, the talks could not proceed on CASER, which even the GRP panel under Silvestre Bello acknowledges as the “heart and soul” of the peace negotiations.
Padilla is spreading intrigue in his claim that the NDFP leaders engaged in the current peace negotiations do not represent the revolutionary movement.
He also implies that President Duterte and the rest of the GRP panel are stupid for talking to these leaders.
Having become irrelevant to the current peace talks, he is now trying hard to be a “spoiler”. ###
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