DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is asking her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, to reconsider his plan to revive peace talks with communist rebels.
In a statement posted on social media Friday, April 13, Duterte-Carpio said she could not find any indication that the communists are sincerely working towards peace.
"Respectfully, I am asking President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision to reopen the negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). I believe the insurgency problem can only be ended peacefully if the NDFP and the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, are sincere, honest, and committed to working toward the direction of peace and reciprocate the gesture offered by the government," she said.
Duterte-Carpio said history shows that the communist rebels could not be trusted as they have consistently shown their "deep-seated proclivity to sow hate, violence and extremism, destruction, and senseless killings."
"We maintain our position that we are not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but deal with them the way we should — tough, strong, high intensity, and one that gathers all sectors to completely crush their influence in communities where they are present," she said.
She reminded the public about Larry Buenafe, a fish vendor who died last year as the NPA detonated a landmine in Mandug, leaving his children orphaned at a young age.
She also recalled the fate of Malysha Machorao, a four-month old infant who died after an NPA ambush last year.
“Let us not forget the orphaned children of our brave soldiers and police officers killed by the NPAs in the name of a rusty ideology and deranged revolution,” she said.
She added that very recently, the NPAs burned down almost a dozen of heavy equipment in Davao City, delaying the construction of roads and holding up the development of the communities in the affected areas.
Duterte-Carpio fears that if talks are revived, most certainly NPAs will continue to terrorize government forces and civilians and would discharge offensives and unabated destruction, while recruitment of minors, farmers, lumads, workers, and students would continue courtesy of its legal fronts.
“While I trust the wisdom of the President and his intention to end the insurgency problem peacefully, I believe pursuing peace talks with the NDFP-CPP-NPA is counterproductive and plainly useless," she said.
"Mr. President, the country will move forward if the government is able to eliminate the rebels and end this senseless rebellion. Just like a battered lover, there is a time to finally say no to pain and suffering. No to peace talks,” she said. (With a report from VLA/SunStar Philippines)