Palace: NPA ambush may affect peace efforts

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 09 2017 03:01 PM

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Jhun Otero

MANILA – The death of four policemen in an alleged ambush by communist rebels could set back efforts to restart peace negotiations, Malacañang said Thursday.

The communist leadership should control its guerillas on the ground and stop extortion activities, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

"I cannot quantify but I am sure quality wise it will influence, it will influence the talks… I suppose the conversation will be that… should be firmer, firmer action from the CNN (CPP NPA NDF) side, on the people on the ground."

The attack in Bansalan town, Davao del Sur last Wednesday came as back channel talks were underway to restart stalled peace negotiations.

President Rodrigo Duterte suspended peace talks in February after negotiators were deadlocked on the rebels' demand to free their detained comrades.