To can­cel or not?

DC-Peace to meet on lo­cal­ized talks

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - By Ka­rina V. Cañedo

THE Davao City Peace Com­mit­tee (DC-Peace) is set to meet to­day to dis­cuss its next move af­ter Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte last Tues­day signed a procla­ma­tion declar­ing the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines-New Peo­ple’s Army- Na­tional Demo­cratic Front (CPPNPA-NDF) as ter­ror­ists.

Lawyer Elisa Lapiña, com­mit­tee spok­ersper­son, told Sun.Star Davao yes­ter­day that all mem­bers of the com­mit­tee will gather at City Hall to dis­cuss their plans af­ter the procla­ma­tion.

Last Novem­ber 23, 2017, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Car­pio said there is no can­cel­la­tion on the DC-Peace talks with the com­mu­nist group ex­cept only if there is al­ready an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment from the of­fice of the Pres­i­dent tag­ging them as ter­ror­ists.

This af­ter the na­tional gov­ern­ment gave the di­rec­tion on the can­cel­la­tion of the peace talks be­tween GRP and the CPP/NPA/ NDF.

Duterte-Car­pio said that the di­rec­tive does not have any ef­fect on the lo­cal­ized peace talks spear­headed by the DCPeace.

“Walang ef­fect ang di­rec­tion sa na­tional gov­ern­ment with re­gards to the can­cel­la­tion of peace talks be­tween CPP/ NPA/NDF be­cause the ba­sis of the work of DC-Peace is the gen­eral wel­fare clause of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Hindi na­man in­com­pat­i­ble yung trabaho namin at tsaka trabaho ng na­tional gov­ern­ment, all the more na hindi siya in­com­pat­i­ble ngayon na hindi na sila mag­pur­sue ng talks,” Duterte-Car­pio said in a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view.

She said that if the pres­i­dent will of­fi­cially re­lease the doc­u­ment, she will ask the DC-Peace to con­vene and dis­cuss the ef­fects of the of­fi­cial doc­u­ment.

Prior to the is­suance of the of­fi­cial procla­ma­tion, the DCPeace planned to go to the hin­ter­land part of the city to talk with mem­bers of the com­mu­nist group.

The com­mit­tee also like­wise rec­om­mended to Davao CIty Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Car­pio days of peace this Christ­mas sea­son or a tem­po­rary cease­fire be­tween the NPA and the gov­ern­ment forces.

The DC-Peace Com­mit­tee is given a year by Duterte-Car­pio to con­duct fruit­ful talks with the NPA. KVC


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