Duterte orders revival of peace talks with communist rebel group

President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the government peace panel to resume peace talks with the communist rebel group, saying that he wanted to give the peace process “another last chance.”

“President Duterte directed during the cabinet meeting today to work on the resumption of peace talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front} with clear instructions on the importance of forging a ceasefire agreement to stop mutual attacks and fighting while talks are underway,” Dureza said in a statement.

“The President said: ‘Let’s give this another last chance.’ He also committed to provide support, if necessary, in replacement of the ‘revolutionary tax’ that he asked be stopped,” he added.

Duterte has earlier said that he was open to resume the peace talks with communists and ready to “subsidize” the peace process.

The President, however, asked the communists to declare a truce with the government and stop their arson attacks to give way for an environment apt for peace talks.

“So ito, first time ko ito nagsalita since Sison is always mentioning about the peace process. I am ready. First thing is we should stop killing each other. Then if we can have peace; and if you do not have the money, government will subsidize it,” he said during a recent visit in Oriental Mindoro.

According to Duterte, he would rather spend the government funds on projects such as schools, hospitals, and bridges, instead of executing war on rebels.

“Let us talk about peace and stop killing,” Duterte added.