Propaganda article from the English edition of Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 21): Peace talks to continue in August or September
THE FAILED fifth round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will resume in August or September, according to the NDFP peace panel. This came after Sec. Silvestre Bello III’ positive response to the NDFP’s previous offer for the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao to refrain from offensive actions as a measure of goodwill to salvage the talks.
The NDFP offered the said measure after the GRP withdrew from the fifth round in the series of talks on June 2. The New People’s Army will implement the recommendation as soon as the conditions warrant this. Among these conditions are the immediate withdrawal of Duterte’s all-out war which it has been carrying out against the revolutionary movement since February and the AFPs desistance from skirmishes with the NPA. Likewise, the NDFP clarified that no ceasefire exists at present, within and outside Mindanao.
This clarification was issued after the Department of National Defense, the regime’s spokesperson and some senators criticized the NPA’s raid on a police station in Iloilo and other NPA military actions.
The NPA and the whole revolutionary movement note the declarations of the DND that AFP operations to pursue the NPA will continue in spite of the GRP peace panel’s declaration.
[Ang Bayan is the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Ang Bayan is published in Pilipino, Bisaya, Hiligaynon, Waray and English. Download Ang Bayan from the Philippine Revolution Web Central at www.philippinerevolution.info. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines.