Sara's mixed feel­ings on NPA ter­ror­ist tag

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DAVAO City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Car­pio said she has mixed feel­ings of hap­pi­ness and sad­ness with the dec­la­ra­tion of New Peo­ple's Army (NPA) as ter­ror­ists.

"My first re­ac­tion was that my state­ment be­fore was val­i­dated. It was af­ter the death of Mr. Larry Bue­nafe, I al­ready called them ter­ror­ist, now there is a pres­i­den­tial procla­ma­tion declar­ing them as such, my state­ment was val­i­dated but I can say, that is my per­sonal feel­ings. As a city mayor, I am sad­dened be­cause there were ef­forts com­ing from the gov­ern­ment to sit down and talk about peace with the NPA. So half I am happy,

half I am sad," Duterte-Car­pio said.

Bue­nafe died in May due to a land­mine ex­plo­sion by New Peo­ple's Army (NPA) in Barangay Ti­gatto, Davao City.

Mean­while, Duterte-Car­pio ad­mit­ted that she was sad be­cause as city mayor, she also did not give up ef­forts of peace de­spite the incident with Larry Bue­nafe.

Last Septem­ber, the city mayor signed an Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der cre­at­ing the DC-Peace that was tasked to hold lo­cal­ized peace talks with the NPA.

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