BY ROGER M. BALANZA
About 60 congressmen have signed a resolution urging President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace talks with communist rebels.
Duterte late last year terminated talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political arm of the communist movement, accusing the New Peoples Army (NPA), the movement’s armed wing, of waging hostilities even as negotiation were ongoing .
He would in December declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA as terrorist organizations.
“Continuing the peace talks would benefit the Filipino people most of whom are poor peasants and workers, as the agreements on agrarian reform and national industrialization may address their issues and concerns and help provide for their economic hardships,” the congressmen, most of them crossing party lines to sign the resolution, said in House Resolution 1803.
After taking office in 2016, Duterte some incarcerated communist leaders and put leftists in his cabinet, to show his commitment to finding a permanent solution to the 50-year old communist insurgency.
In a change of heart last month, Duterte said he may resume the peace negotiations, if the military would agree .