15 June 2017

News Story: Government, NDF peace talks to resume in 2 months, says Sison

By Alexis Romero

MANILA, Philippines — The stalled peace talks between the government and the communists may resume in two months, National Democratic Front chief political consultant Jose Maria Sison said on Wednesday.

The government has suspended the fifth round of talks with the rebels after the Communist Party of the Philippines ordered its troops to intensify attacks against the military and police. The CPP issued the directive as an act of defiance against President Duterte’s decision to place Mindanao under martial law in the wake of terrorist attacks in Marawi City.

The NDF, which represents the communists in the peace negotiations, has asked the CPP to take back the order but Malacañang insisted that the directive should be placed in writing.

Despite the issue, Sison believes that the two parties would go back to the negotiating table soon.

"It's only a matter of time before they agree to resume the fifth round of the talks…In two months, it’s possible,” Sison told the ABS-CBN News Channel in an interview.

Sison, who has been in self-exile in the Netherlands since 1987, said the government and the communists are determined to put an end to their decades-old conflict.

Read the full story at PhilStar