MANILA -- Vice President Jejomar Binay has expressed optimism that the release of four policemen abducted by the New People's Army (NPA) after a raid on a police station in Agusan del Norte will lead to a resumption of stalled peace negotiations.
In a statement released Saturday, Binay described it as a "good gesture," and broached the possibility of peace talks between government and the National Democratic Front gaining ground.
"It paved the way for the continuation of the peace talks," Binay said.
When asked by local reporters if he would have been willing to go to Kitcharao where the rebels released the policemen, Binay said he is aware of the professional risks of his job.
"Sanay naman tayong makipaglaban sa mga coup. Nine-nerbiyos din ho ako pero ang sinasabi ko na lamang ho ang trabaho ho namin merong professional risks," he added.
Binay was in Butuan City to award land titles to residents who were able to fully pay their obligations under the Community Mortgage Program of the Socialized Housing Finance Corporation.