Davao City eyes localized talks with Reds: Sara Duterte

Michelle Ong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2017 01:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2017 01:32 PM

DAVAO CITY - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Friday she was crafting an executive order for localized peace talks with communist rebels even as negotiations on the national level were put on hold.

"Hindi ko talaga gusto ang NPA, but as city mayor, I have an obligation to pursue just and lasting peace," President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter said on the sidelines of an investment forum here.

The city social services department and the private sector may be tapped to pursue the negotiations, she said, adding the executive order was still in its "infancy."

"Whether or not peace talks will resume in Europe, we will pursue localized peace process here in Davao City, specifically for NPA (New People's Army) only," she said.

The EO will mainly focus on livelihood, employment and the reintegration of NPA guerillas into the mainstream, she said.

Mayor Duterte said the city government supported the President's stand on martial law.

The President placed Mindanao under martial law following deadly clashes between troops and Islamic State-inspired extremists in the south. He has asked Congress to extend it until the end of the year.

"Martial law now is not same as that of ML in 1972, and increased security would mean increased security for your money, investment," the mayor said.