Senator Loren: Resume
peace talks with National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Posted from Ang Malaya Net - Philippine News Agency
September 4, 2015
the Senate deliberates on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, Senator Loren
Legarda on Friday urged government to resume peace negotiations with the
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). “We need to pursue
peace that is inclusive in order for it to be just and lasting. The
government should initiate the resumption of peace negotiations with the
NDFP for the sake of the millions of Filipinos who will benefit from a
peaceful and progressive nation,” Legarda said.
According to the Philippine Peace Center, the peace talks between the
Philippine government and the NDFP are in a state of suspension. The two
negotiating panels have not sat together for formal talks since February
Moreover, the formal talks to resume discussions on Social and Economic
Reforms scheduled for June 2011 did not materialize.
Legarda said subsequent efforts to break the impasse through informal
talks between the two parties and discuss an NDFP proposal for truce and
alliance began in late 2011 but likewise collapsed in February 2013.
“One may not necessarily agree with the NDFP’s alternative vision of
Philippine society, but no one can doubt the integrity of their patriotism
or the depth of their commitment to help bring about a more just and a
more humane society. That is why we want the government and the NDFP to
iron out their differences and address the root causes of the armed
conflict,” Legarda said.
She said the subject of the negotiations were concerns affecting Filipinos
such as poverty, lack of employment and livelihood opportunities,
underemployment, lack of access to housing services, affordable health
care, education and other social services, corruption, impunity in human
rights violations, environmental degradation, among many others.
“The Philippine Government and the NDFP should resume peace talks to come
up with an agreement that is agreeable to both parties and beneficial to
the Filipino people. Our people have a huge stake in the peace
negotiations, the success of which is a step towards a brighter future for
generations to come, “ Legarda said.