DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said she is willing to talk to the New People’s Army (NPA) after the recent clash in the city that resulted in the death of five soldiers.
"In light of the recent events of the third district of Davao City that resulted in the deaths of our fellow Filipinos, I am offering my hand in peace to the New People’s Army," she said.
Duterte-Carpio said she will listen if the NPA is willing to talk.
“My only condition, at this point is, I want to talk to them as a group. I will not accept individuals who want to voluntarily surrender,” she added.
She said she already planned something for the communist rebels, but she needs to listen to what the NPA has to say.
In a separate interview with SunStar Davao, Duterte-Carpio said that these plans will only be revealed once the NPA will be open for talks.
“I don’t want to discuss my plan kung hindi lang naman sila makikipag-usap. I already sent the message, all they have to do is say yes and I will go to them. Ako mismo ang makikipag-usap (I will talk to them myself),” she said.
Duterte-Carpio also made it clear that her offer is only limited to her authority as Davao City mayor.
“I suggest you think about this offer seriously since this will benefit you, our fellow Dabawenyos, and our beloved city. In the event that you will decline my offer, I can only pray that there will be no more deaths and leave everything to AFP and to God,” she said.
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