Negros vice governor backs resumption of peace talks

NEGROS Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said he is supporting the resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF).

"Yes, we support, as we always want peace in the country. I feel it's better to sit down in the negotiating table rather than shooting each other,” Lacson said.

So far, three congressmen from Negros Occidental have signed a resolution in the Congress calling President Rodrigo Duterte to resume the stalled peace talks.

Duterte recently said he is ready to resume the negotiations on condition that there will be no taxation and hostilities before the resumption of peace talks.

"It's very confusing but then again we would sustain that the president would change his mind. But his conditions are the same, no taxation, no hostilities before the resumption of peace talks. So I think he has kept those conditions and let's see the development after the president pronounced that he is ready to talk with those conditions. Let's see how the NDF or CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) reacts to the pronouncement," Lacson said.

Meanwhile Lacson said that local political developments may happen after the barangay elections.

He has yet to announce his next move.

He said he cannot make his future political decision until 3rd District Representative Alfredo Benitez would make his decision.

As to the coming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Lacson said: "we all know that in the barangay election, there is no political party that officially involve itself because it's non-partisan. But because we have friends who would like to run in their respective barangays, naturally we will help them in whatever manner we can."

What's important is that the election will finally push through and it's really up to the community who they want to be their leaders for the next three years, the vice governor added.
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