Malacanang said that the national government is ready to enter into peace negotiation with Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) if the agenda is time-bound and doable.
“We have always said that we are open to resuming talks provided that we avoid the mistakes of the past. And I think that’s not unreasonable request,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.
Lacierda said that the national government “have proven our sincerity insofar as starting a peace dialogue. We’ve proven that with Moro Islamic Liberation Front.”
“Our concern is to make sure that the welfare of every Filipino whether you’re a rebel, whether you’re a civilian, or whether you’re a law abiding citizen is taken cared for. So that means that if they are not willing to talk peace, we are going to continue to go to areas where we can help them.”