CPP rejects Duterte ‘localized peace talks’

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
July 13, 2018

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Friday rejected the Duterte regime’s so-called “localized peace talks” calling it “pretend talks” where Duterte will “pretend to want peace while actually waging total war against the people.”

Malacañang yesterday announced it will issue an executive order soon that would pursue “localized peace talks” in lieu of the stalled formal negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“So-called localized peace talks are a sham, a waste of people’s money, and are doomed to fail. It is a worn-out psywar tactic to project victory to conceal the continuing failure of the AFP to suppress the people’s resistance and stem the steady growth of the NPA,” said the CPP. “The civil war will continue to rage despite local peace talks.”

Duterte’s “localized peace talks” dovetail with such corruption-riddled programs as the “balik-baril program,” the Comprehensive Local Integration Program and the recent surrender campaign, pointed out the CPP. “Only local government officials and military field officers are happy with the ‘localized peace talks,’ a money-making racket with hundreds of million of funds that will surely end up in their pockets.”

With funds coming directly from Malacañang, AFP field officers have been overzealous in their effort to conjure the illusion of “mass surrenderees” where hundreds of local residents are being rounded up in AFP-occupied villages then misrepresented before the public as “surrenderees”. “They have overdone their surrender campaign as they have declared close to 8,000 surrendered since January, after having claimed earlier this year that there are only 3,000 NPA members.”

“The Party declares that the New People’s Army (NPA) and all revolutionary forces are united under the Party’s central leadership and unequivocably support the Negotiating Panel of the NDFP in its representation of all revolutionary forces in negotiations with the GRP. Surely, this pretend ‘localized’ peace talks will not involve even a single genuine revolutionary force. Duterte will certainly be negotiating only with its own shadow,” said the CPP.