The message is clear, the government peace talks with the communist guerillas is heading nowhere and a waste of time and people’s money. The government peace panel certainly could not operate without government funds that will be used for their operation including of course the members’ travel in and out from the country to elsewhere in the world to sit down with National Democratic Front (NDF) leaders to talk about peace over bottles of red or white wine. While President Duterte has been consistent to forget about the peace talks following the number of assault operations launched by the New People’s Army (NPAs) against government troops and businesses ever since the peace talks resumed, here comes the members of the government peace panel insisting the peace talks to continue. The President had clearly said he wants the peace talks stopped until the NPAs stop waging war against government on the ground and stop collecting revolutionary taxes.
The President on Tuesday, a day before his presidential security men were ambushed by NPAs in Arakan, North Cotabato, he met with the government peace panel in Malacañang and directed the negotiators not to resume the formal talks unless the communists agree to stop attacks against government troops in Mindanao. On Wednesday afternoon, the ambush took place where five PSG members were wounded and one militiaman killed. Immediately, the peace panel negotiators called off the backchannel talks supposedly in the next few days in Europe. Previous talks were held in The Netherlands and in Rome. But for the communist guerillas on the ground, damn with those talks, as they continue to wage war against government, burning the equipment of businesses, attacking military detachments and killing policemen and soldiers in covert attacks. For the many atrocities, the President called off the fifth round of formal peace talks with the NDF scheduled last May 27 to June 2 in The Netherlands.
The President earlier gave word to the communists to show sincerity so the peace talks would prosper. This word coming from the President sadly landed on deaf ears as the rebels continue in staging violence against government troops claiming it’s the government that has been deviating from initial peace agreements. Peace panel negotiators however keeps on harping resumption of peace talks is still possible hoping for a conducive atmosphere to happen. It is the NDF-CPP-NPA, which is creating scenarios for the ongoing peace talks to fizzle out. Aside from the assaults, NDF leaders together with their support groups from the militant sector keep on attacking almost all of Duterte’s policies. Does this signal peace? According to the grapevine, the communist group actually doesn’t have the intention to end their revolution against government because this would result to a big loss on revolutionary taxes. Who doesn’t want peace? But this remains desperate when the foundation lacks sincerity.