Guv bucks resumption of peace talks between gov’t, Reds

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he is against the resumption of the peace talks between the National Government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

"It's being exploited by the New People's Army (NPA) to their advantage," the governor stressed.

Marañon said that instead of going back to the negotiating table, the government should follow the military on what to do with the NPA rebels.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he is open on the resumption of the peace talks but with conditions that the rebels will stop the revolutionary taxation and atrocities.

Communist Party of the Philippines founding chair Jose Maria Sison, according to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, may return to the Philippines without being arrested if the peace talks between the government and the NDFP resume.

Roque also said that Duterte is willing and able to grant Sison an assurance that he can come without being arrested.

Sison, Duterte’s former professor, has been living in exile in the Netherlands since 1987.

Marañon has earlier called on the rebels to return to the fold of the government and have a localized peace talk.

The governor said that the government and the communist rebels must unite to attain peace and to fight poverty.
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