• Despite a previous glitch in their communications, President Duterte and CPP founder Joma Sison remain good friends
• Sison thanked the president for the release of imprisoned NDFP consultants
• The President met with the NDFP consultants, led by Satur Ocampo, in Malacañang
Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose “Joma” Maria Sison said despite the recent snag in their communications, he and President Rodrigo Duterte remain good friends.
“Despite a previous glitch in our communications, President Duterte and I remain good friends. Our friendship has a strong basis in previous cooperation of long duration and in a common desire to serve the national and democratic rights and best interests of the Filipino people.”
Sison expressed his gratitude to President Duterte for paving the way for the release of imprisoned National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants, who will be flying to Oslo, Norway to take part in the peace negotiations between the government and the communist rebels. The president directed the Immigration and foreign affairs officials to assist the freed NDFP consultants when they leave the country for Norway.
“Once more I am grateful to President Duterte for his acts of goodwill to move forward the peace negotiations between his government and the NDFP,” InterAksyon quoted Sison’s statement.
Sison noted that aside from paving the way for the release of the consultants, the President also “graciously met the NDFP lawyers and consultants together with his negotiators and other officials.”
Sison, in his statement, said he and Duterte will “be in touch with each other” during the talks in Oslo.
“We intend to perform our respective parts in order to make the talks successful and beneficial to our people,” he said.