Pushing for “localized peace talks” disrespects the peace process

By NDFP – Eastern Visayas

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Eastern Visayas today slammed the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army for pushing for "localized peace talks" and calling for support from local government units.

"We denounce such statements detrimental to the peace talks from Lt. Col. Armand Rico in the 8th ID's radio program," said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDFP-EV spokesperson. "But such fascist propaganda is backed by the belligerence and apparent contempt for peace talks of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. We warn the Aquino government that such a gesture glaringly disregards the previous agreements reached by the Philippine government and the NDFP. Moreover, "localized peace talks" can be seen through as an old trick to divide and rule."

The NDFP-EV spokesperson said that localized peace talks goes against previous agreements reached by the Philippine government and the NDFP that laid down the peace process at the national level.

"To localize the peace talks would be to ignore the fact that discussing and solving the people's problems must be done comprehensively, at the national level. There are previous agreements binding on both parties for the negotiations, and yet the Aquino government would like to disregard these and start with nothing. But in the first place, these agreements are important for the resumption of talks and to come up with basic reforms to benefit the people, such as socio-economic reforms that will be discussed should negotiations continue. The agreements signed by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and NDFP include The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992 which sets the principles, framework and sequence of agenda of the talks, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) signed in 1995 and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) signed in 1998."

Fr. Salas explained that instead of being genuinely for peace, "localized peace talks" had been used by the GRP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in 1987 for military purposes: to gather intelligence, and to target, attack and demoralize the revolutionary forces. "It is clear even from Col. Rico's statements that the AFP has the same intentions today. To achieve localized peace talks, he goads civilian authority, as represented by the local government units, to be subordinate to military authority and participate in this "counter-insurgency" scheme. Thus Rico shows that the 8th ID and the Aquino government have niggardly regard for really discussing and solving the problems that led to the armed conflict. What they want is to use the camouflage of localized peace talks to effectively use military force to destroy the revolutionary forces."

Fr. Salas added that if the 8th ID will continue pushing for "localized peace talks", it will only mean that the Aquino government is more interested in war rather than peace talks. "Insisting on localized peace talks is a dishonest attempt to seem to be for peace, while in fact preparing for war and disregarding any serious attempts to discuss the problems of the people. We challenge the Aquino government that if it is really for peace, it should respect the peace process and resume negotiations with the NDFP. If the Aquino government is really concerned for the people, it should be willing to discuss and pursue with the NDFP the basic reforms that will pave the way for a just and lasting peace."

Reference:
Roy Santos
NDFP-EV Media Liaison Officer
Cellphone No. +639196199369
E-mail: [email protected]


Pagduduso ha "localized peace talks" in diri ginrerespeto an proseso pankamurayawan

Ginkundenar yana han National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas an 8th Infantry Division ha pagduduso hini han "localized peace talks" ngan ha pagpanawagan han suporta para hini tikang ha mga lokal nga yunit pan-gubyernuhan (LGU). "Ginkukundenar naton an sugad nga mga pahayag nga nakontra ha erestorya pankamurayawan, tikang kan Lt. Col. Armand Rico ha kanan 8th programa ha radyo," sering ni Fr. Santiago Salas, tagapagyakan han NDF-EV. "Pero an sugad nga pasista nga propaganda in ginpapaluyuhan han pagigin maki-gerra ngan baga pagmenos ha erestorya pankamurayawan han Gobyerno han Republika han Pilipinas. Nagpapahimatngon kita ha gobyerno Aquino nga an sugad nga pitad in klaro nga nagbabale-waray ha mga nakab-ot na nga kasarabutan han GRP ngan han National Democratic Front of the Philippines. Dugang pa, makikit-an an "localized peace talks" komo daan nga pan-uwat agud magbuhag ngan maghadi."

Segun ha tagapagyakan han NDF-EV, nakontra an "localized peace talks" ha mga dati nga kasarabutan han gobyerno han Pilipinas ngan han NDFP nga nagkaklaro han proseso pankamurayawan. "An paglokalisa han erestorya pankamurayawan in pagdiri ha kamatuoran nga an pag-estorya ngan pagsolbar han mga problema han katawhan in angay nga kumprehensibo nga himoon ha nasyunal nga lebel. Mayda mga dati nga kasarabutan nga kinahanglan ipatuman han magkaluyo nga gapil para ha negosasyon, pero karuyag han gobyerno Aquino nga makalikay hini ngan magtikang na la ha waray. Pero una ha ngatanan, importante ini nga mga kasarabutan agud makapagpadayon an erestorya ngan agud makabug-os han mga batakan nga reporma para ha kaupayan han katawhan, sugad han mga sosyo-ekonomiko nga reporma nga asya unta an aada ha adyenda kun madayon an erestorya. An mga kasarabutan nga ginpirmahan na han GRP ngan NDFP amo an The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992 nga nagtalaan han mga prinsipyo, balayan ngan pagkasunod-sunod han adyenda han erestorya, an Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) nga ginpirmahan hadton 1995, ngan an Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) nga ginpirmahan hadton 1998."

Ginklaro liwat ni Fr. Salas nga imbes nga para ha kamurayawan, an "localized peace talks" in gin-gamit han GRP ngan AFP hadton 1987 para ha mga katuyuanan militar: agud makatirok han paniktik, ngan agud targeton, atakehon ngan idemoralisa an mga rebolusyonaryo nga pwersa. "Klaro bisan ha mga pahayag ni Col. Rico nga amo liwat an katuyuanan han AFP yana. Agud makab-ot an "localized peace talks", ginpipirit niya an sibilyan nga awtoridad han mga LGU nga magpailarum ha awtoridad han militar ngan magpartisipar hini nga iskema nga "kontra-insurhensya." Kaya pinaagi kan Rico, makikit-an nga ginmemenos han 8th ID ngan han gobyerno Aquino an tinuod nga pag-estorya ngan pagsolbar han mga problema nga hinungdan han armado nga agway. An karuyag nira amo nga gamiton an kamoplahe han "localized peace talks" agud epektibo nga gamiton an kusog militar ha pagpuypoy han mga rebolusyonaryo nga pwersa."

Gindugang ni Fr. Salas nga kun padayon nga igduduso han 8th ID an "localized peace talks", mangangaruyag-sidngon ini nga mas interesado an gobyerno Aquino ha gerra ngan diri ha kamurayawan. "An pag-insister han "localized peace talks" in buwa ngan pamomostura la para ha kamurayawan, samtang nag-aandam ha gerra ngan ginbabale-waray an mga seryoso nga pag-atentar agud matagad an mga problema han katawhan. Gin-aayat naton an gobyerno Aquino nga kun tinuod ini nga para ha kamurayawan, angay hini respetuhon an proseso pankamuyawan ngan igpadayadon an mga negosasyon ha NDFP. Kun tinuod nga para ha katawhan an gobyerno Aquino, dapat ini andam nga pag-estoryahan ngan ipatuman kabunyog han NDFP an mga batakan nga reporma nga maghahagudalan ha makatadungan ngan panmaihaan nga kamurayawan."

Reference:
Roy Santos
NDFP-EV Media Liaison Officer
Cellphone No. +639196199369
E-mail: [email protected]

 

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