Peace between gov’t and Reds highly possible because of Duterte

After five years of democracy, the formal peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Philippine government finally officially resumed.

According to Jesus Dureza, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, that fact that everyone who came was wearing the traditional Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana dress was symbolic, The negotiations is taking place in Oslo, Norway.

It has reignited the lost sparks of the process that went out in the past six presidents, he said.

Peace between gov’t and Reds highly possible because of Duterte
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However, he admitted that there have been challenges and breakdowns because of several sensitive issues, which included preconditions.

“There is a new element on what we are doing and it is Duterte presidency,” he said. Furtehremore, he said that President Duterte has taken bold steps, including the release of political detainees so that they would be made available for negotiations.

He also explained that the peace process shouldn’t be called a negotiation but rather a shared conversation because with the common grounds and existing mutual trust.

“The peace road is not always rosy. There are humps and bumps along the way.”

Meanwhile, Jose Maria Sison (founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines and NDFP chief political consultant) said that Filipinos have been rejoicing over the prospect of just and lasting peace. 

“We in the NDFP are optimistic that the objective conditions and subjective factors are more favorable than any other than before,” Sison said. He added that it is the first time in the history that a president wanted to denounce the abuses of the oligarchy.

“This is a President who can understand and appreciae the programs of the national democraic movement,” he added. ASCS

Source: Inquirer