CPP: Duterte threw 25 years of hard work down the drain

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 8) — The peace talks between the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the government remain in limbo following recent heated statements between the Reds and President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Over the past two years, despite your peace prattle, not once did you silence the guns of war,” the CPP said in a statement.

This is in response to Duterte’s speech Friday, when he said that he was ready for the continuation of the war with the communist rebels.

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According to the CPP, Duterte had deliberately tripped peace talks when they were about to advance.

“You have repeatedly tripped the peace talks just as these were making headway. You come up with one unacceptable condition after another,” the CPP said.

They denied that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the political wing of the CPP, would want to share power with Duterte. According to the CPP, the government has never been at the losing end of past peace agreements.

“You plan to throw 25 years of hard work down the drain. Clearly you do not want peace,” the CPP said. “At least, not one that fixes the people's problems which rouse them to rise up in arms--landlessness, unemployment, very low wages, rising prices, burdensome taxes, corruption and bureaucrats like you making money.”

Doors to peace still open

On the other hand, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said that reconciliation is still possible between the government and the CPP.

Dureza, who was with Duterte in Davao City Saturday night said that the President had made the assumption that should “enemies of the state” remove him from office, they would have no one to talk peace with.

“Hence there would be no more talks, the President added. He was obviously making an assumption,” Dureza said in a statement.

He added that the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will talk to Duterte to proceed with the peace negotiations.

“When that precise time comes, we at OPAPP will again seek the President's guidance as we proceed to do our mandated task to bring just and sustainable peace in the land -- a dream of every Filipino, and that of President Duterte,” said the peace adviser.