AS MILITANT groups in Negros Occidental commemorated the 31st anniversary of the 31st Edsa revolution Friday, they urged the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to proceed with the peace talks between the national government and the communist rebels.

About 1,000 members of various groups marched from Rizal Park towards the public plaza in Bacolod City.

Zara Alvarez of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (Selda) said they believe that major issues like poverty and unemployment can be addressed if the national government will continue to negotiate with the National Democratic Front (NDF).

After seven months, the President still failed to fulfill his promises, Alvarez added.

Duterte lifted the unilateral ceasefire last February 3, following the nearly 20 attacks perpetrated by the rebels, leaving six soldiers dead and three others were abducted.

Alvarez said Duterte should include in his priorities the socio-economic reform agenda if he wants to resolve the insurgency problem.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office, said they are on full alert status on the anniversary day of Edsa revolution Saturday.

There are protests but as of now, only the pro-Duterte rally has the permit to hold a

caravan and rally, he added.

Wanky said the city police force is ready to respond to need for security.