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61 solons appeal for Prez Duterte to continue peace talks

FILE PHOTO – A view of the Philippine Congress as Speaker of the House Pantaleon Alvarez speaks, ahead of the State of the Nation address by President Rodrigo Duterte in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

61 solons made an appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Based on House Resolution 1803, the solons are asking both the government and the NDFP to ‘complete the comprehensive agreements on social, economic, and political reforms to lay the basis for just and lasting peace’.

The resolution states the peace negotiations of the Duterte Administration and the NDFP had reached ‘remarkable and un-paralleled headway’ and ‘would benefit the Filipino people, most of whom are poor peasants and workers’.

President Rodrigo Duterte stopped the peace negotiations last November 23, two days before the scheduled fifth round of the formal peace talks in Oslo, Norway.

It was followed by a proclamation issued by the President last December which declared the Communist Party of the Philippines, and the New People’s Army as terrorist organizations.

On February 20, Duterte opened the possibility of resuming the peace talks after talks with military officials.

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