Pres. Duterte cancels peace talks with communists, pulls out peace panel

  • President Duterte terminated the peace negotiations with the communists
  • The President said he will order the government peace panel to come home
  • Duterte doubted that peace with the communists would be achieved in this generation

President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP); a day after he lifted the unilateral ceasefire with the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the CPP.

The President said there will be no more peace negotiations unless there is a compelling reason to do so that would benefit the country.

“Peace talks will remain canceled unless there is a compelling reason that will benefit the interest of the nation. If I feel that there is a joke somewhere. I will not waste my time,” the Inquirer quoted the President as saying.

He also said he will order the government peace panel, which had been negotiating with the communists in Rome, to pack their bags and come home.

 “I will request maybe tomorrow the Philippine contingent to fold their tents and come home. I am not ready to resume peace talks. As I have said, I would like to tell the Filipino people: Peace with the communists might not come in this generation,” President Duterte said.

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