PEACE TALKS WITH REDS ON JUNE 28 CANCELED

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PEACE Secretary Jesus Dureza on Thursday said the scheduled resumption of peace talks between the government and the communist

rebels would not push through.

“The supposed resumption of talks will not happen as originally set and announced,” Dureza said in a Palace briefing.

The renewed peace negotiation was originally scheduled on June 28. Duterte not ready

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, said he is not yet ready to resume the peace talks with the communist rebels scheduled this June.

“So, I’m talking to [Jose Maria] Sison, sabi niya June. No, I’m not ready for that. Kailangan ko pa nang konting panahon [I need a little more time],” Duterte said in a speech during the oath taking of village officials in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Duterte made the statement after Dureza said the scheduled resumption of peace talks between the government and the communist rebels would not push through.

Despite the postponement of the negotiations, the President said he was still hopeful to achieve peace in the Philippines.

“Sabi ko sa mga sund a lo , wag kayo masakatan. Alam ko sa inyo masakit sa puso niyo to make peace with the enemies of the state. The problem is one of my commitment is I will talk to the enemies of the state, talks about peace, and maybe in the fullness of God’s time, we will realize our dream for a troubled Philippines,” he said.

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