Duterte: Delay peace talks, ‘engage’ the public first

At Ground Level Jun 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm

In April, President Duterte called for resuming the GRP-NDFP peace talks he had arbitrarily “terminated” in November. Saying it’s the “last chance” for achieving peace with the Left revolutionary movement, he gave the two sides 60 days to undertake informal/backchannel discussions to pave the ground for the fifth round of formal negotiations, which he had twice cancelled as these were about to start.

Yet after the two sides had agreed to resume the formal negotiations this coming June 28-30 and begin a “stand-down (stay where you are)” ceasefire on June 21 as a mutual goodwill measure, Duterte ordered the negotiations postponed indefinitely. Why?

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