BAYAN MUNA: DUTERTE’S ‘TERMINATION’ OF THE PEACE TALKS WITH NDFP A PRELUDE TO INTENSIFIED ATTACKS AGAINST PROGRESSIVES AND OPPOSITION CANDIDATES
Bayan Muna Chairman and Makabayan senatorial bet Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today said that Pres. Duterte’s latest “termination” of the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) appears part of the Duterte government’s plan to attack progressive and opposition candidates and their supporters.
“Just the other night Pres. Duterte lambasted Cong. Erin Tanada and his father for supposedly always defending communists. Yesterday there was a government-sponsored rally in Congress maligning the Makabayan bloc, Snce last year surveillance operations against teachers and government employees affiliated with progressive organizations intensified. Worse, in a span of a week 3 of our campaigners were killed among them a former Bayan Muna coordinator,” said Colmenares.
“Aside from the red-tagging and black propaganda as well the the trumped up charges and physical attacks the Duterte administration seems to be cooking something in declaring the whole of Mindanao as an election hotspot to ensure that progressives and the opposition would lose in the elections,” he added.
“The termination of the talks is not good for the cause of just and lasting peace but as well as the upcoming elections. It seems to be the signal to attack progressive candidates and the opposition so that pro-Duterte candidates would broaden their base in the Senate, Congress and the local government units,” said the Makabayan senatorial bet.
Rep. Zarate meanwhile said that “the termination of the peace talks is a victory for the hawkish and militarists in the Duterte administration, who from day one of the process have already been sabotaging and derailing it. This is truly unfortunate considering that this panel achieved in a few months what it took years for other government panels to accomplish. Closing further the door for talks could be a prelude to a more intensified militaristic solution to the country’s five decade-old rebellion, which also means even more displacements of our poor people and even more violations of human rights ,”
“We will continue to work still for the resumption of the peace talks even as red-tagging, black propaganda and actual attacks are conducted by state forces against us. It is the whole country especially the majority of Filipinos that would benefit if the root causes of the armed conflict is addressed and just and lasting peace is finally achieved ” ended Rep.Zarate.###