Duterte is the terminator of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 30, 2018

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Duterte is clearly the one on record who as GRP Principal has terminated the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations since November 23, 2017. He has never revoked Proclamation 360 by which he has terminated said peace negotiations. He has also canceled and aborted the June 28-30 resumption of formal peace talks in Oslo and has thereby continued his termination of the peace negotiations.

In my presentation to the Forum of Peace under Siege on June 28, I merely took note of the continuing termination of the peace negotiations by Duterte and gave the estimate that the so-called three-month suspension of back channel talks for Duterte to review the entire peace process and all previous agreements since 1992 would result in demands by Duterte that would render impossible the resumption of peace negotiations.

Duterte himself is the biggest spoiler of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. He continues to repeat ad nauseam his demand that the venue of negotiations should be in Manila under his control, surveillance, manipulation and duress. And lately his sidekick and barking dog Lorenzana has already expressed total opposition to the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations upon the dictates of his imperialist masters in Washington.

He misrepresents the level of mutual agreement by the negotiating panels on social and economic reforms as socialism even as these are bourgeois-democratic in character. He also misrepresents the efforts of the NDFP to prevent Duterte from misusing charter change to federalism as a way of establishing a fascist dictatorship. He imagines maliciously that the NDFP is merely wishing to place the GRP under a new coalition government led by the CPP. It is truly impossible to negotiate with a regime that is dominated by pathologically rabid anti-communists.

There is no need for the NDFP National Council to make a decision to suspend, cancel or terminate the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations. The NDFP should simply allow Duterte to have the distinct dishonor of having sabotaged and terminated these negotiations so many times within a short period since May 2017.

It is enough for the NDFP to take note of the repeated terminations that Duterte has done to sabotage the peace negotiations and frustrate the people´s desire for a just and lasting peace. In as much as Duterte is in danger of being ousted before 2022, the NDFP can look forward to the resumption of peace negotiations and reaffirmation of agreements with a GRP under a new administration.###