Statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on his meeting with President Duterte regarding updates on the peace process with some Cabinet members, including Secretaries Silvestre Bello III, Liza Masa, Judy Taguiwalo, and Rafael Mariano at Malacañang
We met with President Duterte until late last night and discussed the directions and possible next steps in our peace engagements with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF), the Bangsamoro, the Cordillerans, and the other stakeholders.
Statement of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza on the CPP/NPA/NDF’s call to proceed with the bilateral ceasefire negotiations
We welcome and respect the positive position coming from the leadership of the CPP/NPA/NDF. On the part of the Philippine government, we share the same commitment to work for just and lasting peace in the land. When “compelling reasons,” as President Duterte earlier announced, are present, then we in government shall take the next necessary steps. ###
We wish to announce that following the President’s pronouncement of the cancellation of the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF) and, per his instructions, the Government of the Philippines (GRP) Panel served to the NDF today the Government’s notice of termination of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).
Army Governance Forum | Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City | 07 February 2017 | Delivered by Assistant Secretary Dickson Hermoso
Men and women of valor, we now stand at a time when we, thus far, face the toughest hurdle in our peace and development roadmap. Over the weekend, President Duterte declared the cancellation of our peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), as well as with the two organizations within its broad network—the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA). Given that we ended the third round of talks in Rome, Italy only two weeks ago on a high note, the turn of events unfolded before us may be described as unfortunate to the budding good relations we have with the CPP/NPA/NDF.
If there is anyone who passionately dreams of — and works on —bringing about sustainable peace in the land, it is President Duterte. His judgment calls are directed towards this goal.
Statement of GRP Panel Chair Silvestre H. Bello III on CPP/NPA/NDF’s Cancellation of Unilateral Ceasefire
The last six months have given us a glimpse of the sort of peace that could emanate from the cessation of hostilities brought about by the re-opening of formal negotiations and the declaration of unilateral ceasefires by the Government of the Philippines (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF).
We are dismayed with the announcement of New People’s Army spokesman Ka Oris withdrawing their unilateral ceasefire effective Feb 10.
We are distressed and extremely disturbed by the recent series of attacks and harassments by alleged New People’s Army (NPA) elements in various areas nationwide.