OPAPP to conduct public consultation on peace talks with Reds

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 17 2018 11:08 PM

MANILA -- Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza on Sunday said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process will soon be conducting a consultation to inform the public about the progress of the government's peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

"While that interregnum is taking place, as it is now taking place, we at OPAPP have decided to launch a consultation process. We'd like to meet with the government sector muna, 'yung LGUs natin, 'yung kanilang regional peace and order council. We'd like to meet with church-based groups, the youth, business sector, and others para mailatag din natin ano 'yung nangyari at anong maging kahinatnan ng effort natin, and also listen from them, ano 'yung kanilang responses," Dureza said in a press conference before leaving for Oslo, Norway.

According to Dureza, it is important to let the public know about the peace talks, as well as to get their reactions to the issue.

"The intention of our planned public consultation is to show to them what has been tentatively agreed upon by our negotiators," he said.

"So we thank the CCP-NPA-NDF for helping us let the public know because that is actually the intention that we have when we say we would like to conduct some... feeling the pulse of the people on what we are doing in the peace process," Dureza added.

On Thursday, Dureza announced the government has decided to push back the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels, saying President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the government peace panel to engage “the bigger peace table, the general public, as we work to negotiate peace with communist rebels.” 

Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison earlier said the peace talks will formally resume on June 28, with a stand-down agreement between the military and communist rebels to be enforced a week before.