The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) is saddened with the announcement of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza on Thursday, June 14, that the government is not ready to resume formal peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on June 28-30 in Oslo, Norway.
Just as a significant portion of our nation look toward the birth of a child that reigns as the Prince of Peace to the Christian faithful, we were greeted by the news that President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as a “terror organization.” This followed on the heels of Proclamation No. 360 which formally terminated the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). This new development is indeed very tragic as there were high hopes a year ago that peace will be achieved through the negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDFP after five decades of armed conflict.
The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) is saddened and alarmed over President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of Proclamation No. 360, formally terminating the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Before the Proclamation, Sec. Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) released a statement cancelling all planned meetings with the NDFP and the reason stated for the cancellation was due to “…recent tragic and violent incidents” committed by the rebels. The PEPP believes that the termination of peace negotiations is more tragic.