This is Liberation International’s special issue on the ongoing peace negotiations the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is holding with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).
After a hiatus of five years, the formal talks between the two parties resumed on Aug. 22, 2016 in Oslo, Norway, following the assumption into the GRP presidency of former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who had declared his intention to revive the peace talks with the revolutionary movement.
The NDFP responded positively to this call, consistent with its position to negotiate with any GRP president for a just and lasting peace based on the implementation of fundamental reforms that are for the benefit of the Filipino people.
Since the resumption of the talks in Norway, two more rounds have been held in October 2016, also in Oslo, and in January 2017, in Rome, Italy. The fourth round is to take place this April 2-6 in the Hague, the Netherlands.
The articles we are publishing here are aimed at giving the readers an insight into the NDFP’s attitude and position with regard to the peace negotiations. Our banner story (see page 4) is a coverage of the celebration of the 48th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Dec. 26, 2016, which adopted the theme “People’s War is for People’s Peace”.