PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has decided to dismiss peace talks between government troops and the rebel group New People’s Army.
This comes after the NPA continues to kill soldiers conducting patrols and assisting government workers in providing assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
According to Presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CCP-NPA) did not have a word when it came to the unilateral ceasefire.
Roque insisted that there was no alternative but to end the ceasefire against the rebel group.
This is he said because CCP-NPA-NDF founder Jose Maria Sison lacks the ability to enforce the words on the ground.
Therefore, Roque said, it is best to stop the ceasefire debate.
It can be remembered the President strongly condemned the attack by members of the NPA on soldiers as they carried out community works, which was a violation of the ceasefire declared by both sides in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
“It is a sad thing to know na ‘yung mga sundalo ko pinagpapatay, while even doing the most honorable task of accompanying the government workers delivering money and food,” Duterte said.
On Monday night, in a public address by President Duterte, he emphasized that there would be no peace talks between the government and the CPP-NPA-NDF.
“There are no more peace talks to talk about. I am not and will never be ready for any round of talks,” said the President in his address.
This is because the rebel groups have no respect, either in their spoken words or in their deeds of killing soldiers doing humanitarian missions related to the COVID-19 crisis.
“The NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines have no respect either for their spoken words or in their deeds of killing soldiers who are on humanitarian missions,” said Duterte.