Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison has urged the government to go back to the negotiating table.
He said the Duterte administration must respond to the Filipino people’s demand for peace.
“I propose to him to consult thoroughly with his negotiating panel and the peace advocates in his own cabinet and others outside of his government, and encourage and allow back-channeling efforts to clarify misunderstandings and solve immediately the current problems,” Sison said in a statement.
He also called on President Rodrigo Duterte to consult with his negotiating panel, and others outside of government about back-channeling efforts to clarify misunderstandings.
He stressed talks must go on to forge a bilateral ceasefire agreement, and amnesty for political prisoners.
Duterte scrapped the peace talks with the communists after armed rebels reportedly killed 3 soldiers in Bukidnon last week.
The government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) concluded the 3rd round of talks on January 25 in Rome. The 4th round of talks was calendared on April 2-6 in Oslo.
On Thursday, the NDFP rejected the government’s “unjust, unreasonable, and improper” termination notice of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), which gave rebel peace negotiators immunity from prosecution.