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The 1986-97 Peace Negotiations


Peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) were first conducted in August-December 1986 under the Aquino administration. After signing a 60-day ceasefire agreement, the GRP showed no more interest in discussing the substantive agenda. The talks collapsed after government troops fired on unarmed peasants demonstrating for land reform near the presidential palace, killing nineteen and injuring hundreds, in January 1987. On March 25, 1987, President Aquino unleashed the sword of war against the New People’s Army (NPA) and the revolutionary movement.






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Satur Ocampo and Antonio Zumel in a press conference while still in the underground, Dec. 1986


Satur Ocampo and Antonio Zumel at UP Alpha Sigma press conference  


Satur Ocampo and Antonio Zumel in Ka Lando Olalia funeral march


Satur Ocampo and Luis Jalandoni with Sen. Teofisto Guingona, 1986


Dec. 22, 1986 press conference




The NDFP Panel: Satur Ocampo, Antonio Zumel and Carolina Malay
The GRP Panel: Ramon Mitra, Jr., Tito Guingona and Jovito Salonga


Jose W. Diokno signing the agreement in the hospital



Sen. Nikki Coseteng and Antonio Zumel



The NDFP Panel with Atty. Romeo T. Capulong and Atty. Arno Sanidad


Members of the NDFP Negotiating Panel conducted consultations with various units in the field. But the peace negotiations ended abruptly when state security forces fired upon protesting farmers in Mendiola on January 22, 1987, killing several peasants and wounding scores of protesters.

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