MANILA - Negotiating panels of both the communists and the government are likely to meet President Rodrigo Duterte's 60-day window period, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) said Monday.
But NDFP peace panel consultant Rey Casambre said the understanding of the parties involved is that Duterte's 2-month window period is the time frame for the resumption of the formal talks halted in November 2017.
"The two sides have agreed on common grounds. Sec. (Jess) Dureza said that the two panels are likely to beat the deadline set by President Duterte to resume the peace talks in 2 months," Casambre told ANC.
Casambre said the petition to declare the members of the communists as terrorists remains a hindrance, like a "Damocles' sword," hanging over the heads of the NDFP consultants. But he said both parties appears to be willing to set this matter aside.
He said among the important points to be discussed when the formal talks resume are the agreements on socioeconomic reforms, a ceasefire, and also the release of political prisoners, taking off from what was left on the table in 2017.
Casambre added that Communist of the Party Philippines foudning chairman Jose Maria Sison is open to coming back to the Philippines as long as he is assured of his safety, something that Malacañang already announced earlier.