MANILA - Peace talks between the government and communist rebels should continue to address the root causes of the decades-long insurgency, an administration critic said Wednesday.
President Rodrigo Duterte last month scrapped formal negotiations with the leftists, accusing the group of staging attacks. He also tagged them as terrorists.
"I believe we should talk to them, address legitimate grievances by the New People's Army," Magdalo party-list Rep Gary Alejano said on ANC's Headstart.
Alejano said he wasn't convinced that Duterte and the rebels have really parted ways, citing the President's ties with the NPA while he was still the mayor of Davao City.
Duterte even allowed allies of communist rebels to hold important government posts, Alejano said.
"There was no formal termination notice to the panels as required by the peace talks. When you declare them as terrorists, they should be prescribed as terrorist organization. It has to be filed before the RTC (regional trial court)," he said.
"Without those things, it’s just a play of words for the public," he said.