About 60 congressmen have  signed a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace talks with communist rebels.

Duterte late last year terminated talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the communist movement, accusing the New Peoples Army (NPA), the movement’s armed wing,  of waging hostilities even as negotiation were ongoing .

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He would in December declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA as terrorist organizations.

“Continuing the peace talks would benefit the Filipino people most of whom are poor peasants and workers, as the agreements on agrarian reform and national industrialization may address their issues and concerns and help provide for their economic hardships,” the congressmen, most of them crossing party lines to sign the resolution,  said in House Resolution 1803.

After taking office in 2016, Duterte some incarcerated  communist leaders and put leftists in his cabinet, to show his commitment to finding a permanent solution to the 50-year old communist insurgency. 

In a change of heart last month, Duterte said he may resume the peace negotiations, if  the military would agree .



President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, said he would pursue efforts for peace with the enemies of the states including communist rebels despite his decision to terminate talks with them last year.

“I would talk to the enemies of the states, make peace with them and hopefully we can finally reach that level of comfort in our country without worrying about fighting,” Duterte said in his speech on Wednesday, February 7 during the 145th founding anniversary and 2nd Kanlahi Festival in Tarlac.

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In Pasay City on Tuesday, March 6, in his speech at an event organized by a business group, Duterte said a ceasefire declaration by communist rebels may make him resume talks with the communists.

“As far as I’m concerned, no talks, no ceasefire. Work it out. If you can have it, fine, show it to me, maybe I will reconsider,” Duterte said.


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