Duterte to discuss peace talks with Leftists Cabinet members on Feb. 20
DAVAO CITY, Philippines —- National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza said she and two other Left-leaning Cabinet officials and government negotiators will be meeting President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20.
Maza said the Cabinet has not yet taken up the issue of the terminated peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines during the recent Cabinet meeting.
She said Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza was supposed to give updates on the third round of talks in Rome, Italy. “But we were not able to go there anymore because there’s a lot (of items) in the agenda,” Maza told reporters in a press briefing in Malacañang on Thursday.
“The President told us that he will meet us, kaming mga ano, pursigido,” she said. The other cabinet officials in the meeting will include Social and Welfare Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, GRP chief negotiator Silvestre Bello III and Dureza.