Can GPH-NDFP peace talks gain ground in 2015?

At Ground Level Jan 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Only 18 months remain of President Aquino’s six-year term.  He bows out in July 2016.

In the new-year spirit of fulfilling a resolution — or an electoral-campaign promise he made in April 2010 — will P-Noy resume formal peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines with the goal of signing at least one major agreement before he “retires” from politics in 2016?

Recall that in February 2011 P-Noy did “revive” the GPH-NDFP peace talks that had been suspended since August 2004 by his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Optimism was high. The two panels agreed to accelerate the negotiations’ pace and complete within 18 months all agreements on the remaining three of the four-point agenda adopted under The Hague Joint Declaration, signed in September 1992.

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