Purely military solution vs Reds rejected
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday that they have no plans to employ a purely military solution in ending communist insurgency in the country despite the bogging down of the peace talks marked by harsh exchanges between President Duterte and Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.
This is the reason, according to Lorenzana, why they have been aggressively pushing for the localized peace talks since the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have stalled last year.
“Working closely with local government units, we are actively pursuing local peace initiatives such localized peace talks, community support and development, and promotion of good governance, as well as the implementation of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Programs or E-CLIP which helps former rebels start their lives anew by providing financial, livelihood, and educational assistance, psychosocial support, and housing,” said Lorenzana.
The Defense chief said even Duterte is not in favor of using the government force alone to end communist insurgency, the most recent pronouncement of which was the Chief Executive saying that he does not want to bomb rebel camps.
“The Department of National Defense fully supports the President’s decision not to employ a purely military solution to ending the communist insurgency in the country,” said Lorenzana. (Aaron Recuenco)