Duterte : Joma et. al. makes it impossible to talk peace with CPP-NPA

Duterte : Joma et. al. makes it impossible to talk peace with CPP-NPA

That is the answer of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte when asked about the chance of pursuing peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) as their demands are hard to meet.
Duterte said the difference between the  CPP-NPA-NDF and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari,the latter is open to peace negotiations while Joma Sison of the former is difficult to negotiate with.
Pres. Duterte and the pursuit of peace talks to CPP-NPA(photo credit to owner)

Sison’s fellow CPP-NPA-NDF negotiators Luis Jalandoni and Fidel Agcaoili are also hard to deal with, said the President.
"Wala tayong makuha diyan sa NPA. Maski na sabihin nilang walang coalition but they want to join yung mga economic bodies natin gaya ng NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority), mahirap yan (We cannot get anything from the NPA. Even if they say they do not want a coalition, but they want to join our economic bodies like the NEDA, it's a hard thing to do)," Duterte said.
"Si Agcaoili, hinahaluan ng mga legal-legal yan (Agcaoili is always mixing things with legal jargon). They came and wanted to talk to me, sabi ko (I said), 'No.' You come, cut, and cut cleanly, you adopt the democracy," he said.
The President lso took note of his former cabinet members who are leftist, particularly former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) secretary Rafael Mariano and former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Mariano allegedly urging people to occupy vacant lots and for  Taguiwalo allegedly prioritizing NPA members in the distribution of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) benefits, which are intended for indigents
"He (Mariano) was there, a Cabinet member at that. He was egging people na mag-okupasyon (to occupy), if there is a vacant lot. Kaya (So) I was forced to come up, sabi ko (I said), 'Do not do that because I will order the law enforcers to arrest you, if you fight, to shoot you dead,'" the President said.
Duterte said the NPA’s do not know the impact of their insurgency and just blindly follow Sison.
The CPP-NPA has been implicated in numerous mass murders, extortion and violation of indigenous people's rights.
The European Union (EU) and the United States of America have both tagged the CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations.
In the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been pursuing in the courts to declare the CPP-NPA as terrorists.

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