CPP reiterates full recognition of NDFP Negotiating Panel

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
May 08, 2013

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) reiterates its full support and recognition of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) headed by its chair Luis Jalandoni and its chief political consultant Prof. Jose Ma. Sison.

"The intrigues being circulated by the Aquino regime and its peace negotiators over the past few days maliciously suggesting a 'rift' between Professor Sison and the revolutionary forces in the Philippines are utterly baseless," pointed out the CPP. "The leadership and entire membership of the CPP and all revolutionary forces are fully behind the NDFP Negotiating Panel."

"The Aquino regime has resorted to such a low level of rumor-mongering in a desperate attempt to justify its unilateral termination of peace negotiations with the official panel of the NDFP and its plan to carry out so-called localized peace talks" said the CPP.

"In the interest of pursuing the path of peace negotiations, the local leadership NDFP has kept the offices of the Negotiating Panel based in Utrecht, The Netherlands open in the event that the Aquino regime changes its mind and heeds the people's demand to resume formal peace negotiations with the NDFP," said the CPP.

The CPP said "the planned 'localized peace talks' are nothing but a psywar publicity gimmick that aim to portray the Aquino regime as interested in peace when in fact it has no interest in addressing the socio-economic and political roots of the armed conflict in the Philippines."

"Not a single unit of the NPA or leadership committee of the CPP will fall for the Aquino regime's localized peace talks scheme," reiterated the CPP.

"In the guise of 'localized peace talks' and working with supposed 'stakeholders,' Aquino's government will simply be talking to its own shadow. We can anticipate in the next years that Aquino's defense and security officials will be making a big show of supposed 'NPA surrenderees' to justify its corruption-laden 'socio-economic programs' and pocket the millions of reward money alloted by the Department of Defense and Department of Interior and Local Government."