MANILA - The military on Sunday expressed support for "localized" efforts to end the decades-long communist insurgency in the country following the suspension of negotiations between the national government and rebel leaders.
"Ito pong ating isinusulong ngayon ay magkaroon po ng maayos na usapang pangkapayapaan sa lokal," Armed Forces spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla told radio DZMM.
"Kasi mas mainam siguro na lokal na negosasyon na lang ang gawin natin kasi baka mas maging mas prangka at mas sincere pa ang makakausap natin diyan kaysa iyung taas pa ang kinakausap natin na 'di naman nakakarating sa baba."
(We are now pushing for negotiations in the local level. Localized negotiations will probably better because the other party may be more frank and sincere compared to their leaders who fail to relay agreements to the grassroots.)
The government cancelled backchannel negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) last week due to a series of attacks by its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA).
Padilla claimed the "anti-development and anti-people attacks", resulted from a "gap" between the CPP and NPA.
"Malawak na po ang agwat ng kanilang liderato sa mga tao sa baba dahil mukhang hindi na po sumusunod ang mga tao sa baba," he said.
(There is a huge gap between the leaders and the forces on the ground because the latter mo longer obeys the former.)
Padilla noted that several local governments in Visayas and northeastern Mindanao have launched peace talks with the rebels.
DZMM TeleRadyo, 30 July 2017