Observation on Duterte’s 3-month review of process and agreements in GRP-NDFP negotiations

By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
June 22, 2018

On the basis of the unrevoked Proclamation Nos. 360 and 374 as well as recent announcements and indications being made by Duterte himself and other GRP officials, many people expect that Duterte will make from his ¨review¨ certain conclusions and demands that he will try to impose on the NDFP and that NDFP will certainly refuse, thus rendering impossible peace negotiations between GRP and NDFP, at least for as long as Duterte is in power.

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Below are some of the major expectations:

  1. He will deny the existence of a state of civil war, a nationwide armed conflict of close to 50 years, between his reactionary government and the revolutionary government and their respective armies. Duterte´s reactionary government is one of big compradors, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists servile to foreign monopoly capitalism. The revolutionary government is that of the workers, peasants and other oppressed people, with organs of political power led by the CPP, defended by the NPA and represented by the NDFP in peace negotiations.
  2. He will insult the revolutionary forces and people represented by the NDFP by categorizing them as mere nonstate actors unworthy of being respected as a co-belligerent in a civil war and slandering as mere ¨terrorists”and ¨criminals¨, not even as people or revolutionary movement driven to revolt against foreign domination and social injustice. This possibility is already presaged by the unrevoked Proclamation 374 designating the CPP and NPA as ¨terrorist¨ organizations.
  3. Consequent to 1 and 2, he will invalidate all previous previous agreements as having no basis in law, domestic and international, and insult as unlawful and stupid previous administrations of GRP and his own administration for having negotiated at all and having made agreements with the NDFP, instead of simply suppressing the forces and people represented by the NDFP with military and police action.
  4. He will avoid expressing the full counterrevolutionary arrogance of 1, 2 and 3 above by trying anyway to obtain the capitulation and political suicide of the NDFP and the people’s democratic government by demanding that they accept being categorized as nonstate actor and that the agreements with the GRP are only between the GRP agency called the OPAPP and the NDFP as a mere private entity subject to GRP criminal law at the whim of the tyrant Duterte.

If Duterte will try to impose any of the above on the NDFP, he will be quickly rendering impossible negotiations with GRP under his regime. He will be shutting out completely the possibility of achieving a just and lasting peace through negotiations and agreements on social, economic and political reforms. My observation here should help quicken his understanding of The Hague Joint Declaration and subsequent agreements between the GRP and NDFP.###