DAVAO City Mayor Sara "Inday" Duterte-Carpio reiterated her stand to defer the local peace talks and give job offers to the New People's Army operating in the city after the interim joint ceasefire agreement was signed by the the Philippines and the National Democratic Front on Wednesday evening in the Netherlands.
Duterte-Carpio, in a statement sent to SunStar Davao Thursday, said: "We are aligned with the national government's peace agenda. They are discussing bilateral ceasefire agreements and we also stand to benefit from that should it come to fruition," Duterte-Carpio said.
She said that while the results of the talks are not still in effect, she will continue to encourage cooperation with the New People's Army (NPA) operating within the city.
"As an alternative, I offered jobs to the NPAs operating in Davao, I encouraged them to work with us for Davao. The details I can discuss with them should they accept the offer," she said.
The city mayor last Wednesday issued a statement that she will wait for the outcome of the talks.
She said that the communist groups know where they can find her, should they accept the offer. (KVC)