Sunday, April 22, 2018

PRRD encourages Sison to come home to PH, sets 60-day window for peace talks with Reds

President Rodrigo Duterte and CPP founder Jose Maria Sison photo file (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte makes a proposal for Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)  founder Jose Maria Sison to return home and resume the peace negotiations within 60 days.

Duterte calls out Sison during his speech at the 24th National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFMCP) Annual Convention in Legazpi City, Saturday night.

“I created a small window -- 60 days. My proposal to Sison, I will not go there. We’re fighting for the Philippines, so you come here,” he said.

Sison went on exile in the Netherlands  after the two-decade regime of former and late president Ferdinand Marcos ended in 1986.

Sison has recently expressed openness and readiness to resume the peace negotiations, which President Duterte cancelled sometime in November of 2017 due to series of attacks launched by the New People’s Army (NPA) on civilians and government military troops.

The president is now urging Sison to come home, saying that he is ready to give the communist rebels another chance to resume to peace negotiation.

The chief executive said that the National Democratic Front-CPP-NPA could set up a camp where he could talk to them, of course, “minus arms”.

“I will pay for your (Sison) fare, billeting and food. And your guerrilla front, you stay in one place, set up a camp. Bring your arms inside the camp, you tell us where you are, you can go out of the camp, minus the arms,” Duterte said.

The president also said that he would give Sison a freedom to move, and order military to be “nice to you”.

“Take advantage of that 60 days. If it succeeds, then I would like to thank God first and the Filipino people and the military and the police for their understanding,” he said, noting that he cannot fight with the communist forever, same goes with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National Liberation Front.

“But the threat of terrorism remains very high. We are not fighting against our Moro brothers and sisters,” the president said.

“You know, if you (NPA) can do it, whatever it is, I can do it better, 100 times better than what you can do. So let us respect each other. Anyway, civilians are not part (of the fight). But once you start to mess up with…. I will not back out,” he added.

“Remember that your greater participation in our fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption is crucial to our goal of uplifting the lives of the Filipino people,” the president also said.

Source: PNA