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Gov’t cancels scheduled June 28 peace talks

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

The scheduled resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army set on June 28 has been cancelled.

The said cancellation was ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

According to Presidential Adviser Jesus Dureza, the President wants conduct a massive information campaign with the public and see their reaction towards the impending resumption of peace talks with the communist group.

Dureza did not mention any dates as to when the peace talks will start again but the government already informed the NDF and the Norwegian government that there won’t be any peace talks, for now.

It was President Duterte who actually initiated the resumption of the peace talks, even inviting CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison to return to the Philippines from The Netherlands to attend and continue with peace talks within 60 days.

Duterte also assured Sison that it will be safe for him to come home, but if the peace talks fails, he will “kill” Sison himself.

 

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