When peace talks fail

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion - BY NEF LUCZON Pen­cal­ibur

The Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments’ de­nial in con­firm­ing cabi­net mem­bers iden­ti­fied and rec­om­mended by the Left even­tu­ally led to fur­ther sever the ties and any hopes for peace ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front of the Philip­pines, with al­liances of the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines and New Peo­ples Army.

And now it has opened its dis­con­tent, and their op­po­si­tion to the cur­rent ad­min­istar­tion’s poli­cies that the Left must have held back for a year now out of cau­tion as peace talk pos­si­bil­i­ties were tak­ing place back then.

And now it ap­pears that there’s no turn­ing back, and un­for­tu­nately there’s no sil­ver lin­ing to be found as of now. The cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is in for a tough fu­ture.

It was a great loss, Sec­re­taries Judy Tagui­walo and Ka Paeng Mar­i­ano leav­ing So­cial Wel­fare and Agrar­ian Re­form agen­cies, re­spec­tively, when we have fi­nally found peo­ple woth gen­uine in­ter­est for the peo­ple and not serve the per­sonal agenda of Con­gress­men with shady deal­ings in the gov­ern­ment.

The rea­son, as the pro-ad­min­is­tra­tion camp would pro­vide, is that de­spite the peace ne­go­ti­a­tions, the Left did not ceased op­er­at­ing in the hin­ter­lands as their NPA coun­ter­parts con­tinue to op­er­ate. The es­ca­la­tion grew when Min­danao was sub­jected to Mar­tial Law.

And now, the pres­i­dent of­fered NPA gueril­las to sur­ren­der and join the military, oth­er­wise he will be forced to de­clare Mar­tial Law na­tion­wide. But know­ing the pres­i­dent who changes state­ments, this will re­main a vague state­ment and quite off to be­lieve as a prom­ise.

The pres­i­dent and this cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion are still en­joy­ing and pop­u­lar­ity among its con­stituents. This is some­thing that this ad­min­is­tra­tion has taken ad­van­tage of. How­ever, the op­po­si­tion, es­pe­cially that the Left is back to the fold, is re­lent­less. Keep them ig­nored and shrugged off along with their pro­pa­ganda it will likely grow and would dis­arm this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pop­u­lar­ity.

But the most con­cern­ing of all, if peace talks no longer an op­tion, that means there will be more armed con­flicts to come, re­sult­ing to more deaths. It is al­ready dis­heart­en­ing that we see deaths as tools for po­lit­i­cal nar­ra­tives. We for­get, that first and fore­most that th­ese are lives of peo­ple - in­no­cent peo­ple - we are talk­ing about.

The fail­ure of peace talks do not only re­flect the fail­ure of one side to com­pro­mise. It is a fail­ure of a sys­tem for all par­ties in­volved, and most af­fected of this fail­ure are the peo­ple whom they wish to serve. *** Ne­fluc­zon@gmail.com

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.