NDFP Media Office
April 29, 2017
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines Negotiating Panel views in very positive terms the presence of DAR Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano, DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and DENR Secretary Gina Lopez in the Duterte cabinet. Their inclusion bodes well for the entire peace process as they would be in a position to help push much-needed socio-economic reforms.
Ka Paeng will play an important role in implementing a program of free land distribution for poor peasants. Ka Judy will likewise play an important role in implementing expanded social services for the people. Gina Lopez meanwhile has expressed willingness to work with the revolutionary forces in protecting the environment against destructive mining operations. They will no doubt be helpful in implementing a Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) that may be agreed upon by the GRP and NDFP.
On other hand, their removal from office by reactionary interests will run counter to the people’s long-standing desire for reforms in government.
The NDFP looks forward to continue working with the three officials, in the framework of peace negotiations, to achieve meaningful reforms for the benefit of the people towards a just peace. ###
Fidel V. Agcaoili
NDFP Panel chairperson
Contact no. 0919-860-4324