Deles wants permanent end to the Peace Negotiations

Fidel V. Agcaoili
NDFP Negotiating Panel
12 June 2013

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles claims that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), representing the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People's Army (NPA) and all revolutionary forces in the peace negotiations, has designed the peace talks to be unending.

In fact, what Deles wants is a permanent end to the peace negotiations. From the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime to the present one of Benigno S. Aquino III, Deles has had one singular aim in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDFP -- the capitulation and pacification of the revolutionary movement.



But because she could not get her way, she has been sabotaging the peace talks, even proclaiming the so-called sovereign right of the US to intervene in Philippine affairs in the "terrorist" listing of the CPP, NPA and Prof. Jose Maria Sison, the Chief Political Consultant of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, after coming from a round of negotiations where it was agreed that the two Parties would call on the international community "to refrain from any action that may impede or impair the peace process".

Now, with her preposterous claim, Deles is practically calling as foolish all previous presidents, especially Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Estrada, and her predecessors in the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), especially Ambassador Howard Dee and former Justice Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, for having been “hoodwinked" by the NDFP into signing and approving more than 12 agreements, including The Hague Joint Declaration, the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

This is the reason why Deles' negotiating panel refuses to abide by signed agreements, declaring The Hague Joint Declaration, the framework agreement in the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations, a "divisive" document, and the JASIG "inoperative" in securing the release of JASIG-protected persons.

The practice of Deles in backtracking from previously signed agreements is happening too in the peace negotiations between the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). An initialed annex document to the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro (FAB) on wealth sharing has been changed unilaterally by the GPH after undergoing review by the OPAPP. And four MILF members have been arrested for illegal possession of firearms despite the ceasefire agreement. Hopefully the MILF would see through the warmongering ways of Deles in seeking to maintain the violent reactionary state that brutally exploits and oppresses the Filipino people in general and the Bangsamoro in particular.