Duterte reiterates appeal to pursue talks with Reds

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Sunday, April 27, 2014


WITH the ongoing armed conflict between government troops and communist rebels in some areas in Mindanao, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his appeal to the National Government to pursue peace negotiations with National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Duterte, in an interview, said the time calls for the resumption of the stalled peace negotiations between the government and the NDFP.

"As what I have said [to the New People’s Army] -- whether you like it or not we have to talk about peace. We cannot be a revolutionary forever. There has to be a resumption of peace talks. And also the NPA must show good faith… kasi lahat naman iisa lang ang gustong mangyari, ang magkaroon ng kapayapaan," Duterte said.

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"In the same manner that I am urging the Government of the Philippines to initiate talks with the NPA. There has to be resumption of talks. I am addressing this message to President [Benigno Simeon] Aquino III, to do something about it," he added.

Duterte also said that aside from the resumption of the stalled peace talks, the ceasefire agreement must be put in place, too. He said it would be better if both parties will move towards that direction for everyone to attain peace.

"I can only suggest and help, and perhaps convince everybody to do that. I have seen how the fighting has affected the lives of the people, and I say, we cannot go on like this forever," Duterte said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 28, 2014.

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