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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during a meeting with local chief executives at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 10, 2020. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Solidarity for Sovereignty

By Ado Paglinawan

Experience talking peace with Filipino insurgents in 1987 as part of the GRP panel negotiating with the Moro National Liberratioin Front and the Cordillera Peoples’ Liberation Army, tells me it is now apropo for Rodrigo Roa Duterte to cancel the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

The country has been facing natural and man-made emergencies of higher priority.

The Taal Volcano eruption, the Covid-19 outbreak in China, the public debate on the Visiting Forces Agreement and the dissonance being created by a conspiracy of yellow and red forces using the ABSCBN franchise as a rallying point to the 34th anniversary of the so-called Edsa revolution.

Only one has been completely resolved – the reinforcement of the safety and protection of OFWs in Kuwait has been amended into the bilateral agreement we signed with that Middle East country.

But lest someone else claim the credit, the insertion of Duterte’s long delayed instructions to Secretary Bello would not have been implemented had it not been for Jeanelyn Villavende, whose lifeless body came home in a box after being murdered by her Kuwaiti employers.”

True to form,  the Labor Secretary Bello, merely applied smokes and mirrors to distract public attention to the ten cases of graft and corruption, abuse and usurpation of authority when he used his influence on the president to  recall the peace talks with the communist terrorists that he earlier stopped in his Proclamation 360.

Well, this oddity has now outlived its usefulness.

The Labor Secretary knew all along that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines had irreconcilable differences with the Constitution and the national interest of the Filipino people.

Here are three specific issues that have been identified by Major General Antonio Parlade, spokesman of the National Task Force –ELCAC, now commanding general of the AFP Southern Luzon Command.

Adoption of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) , Article VII Financing National Industrialization, Section 1a calls for the confiscation and expropriation of assets of foreign monopoly capitalists, big compradors, and bureaucrat capitalists.

“This sounds interesting but we are almost certain there will be international repercussions, if not foreign military intervention, in order for foreign governments to protect their interests in the Philippines.,” Parlade qualified.

 AFP cannot defend national interest because CASER also calls for the demobilization of the AFP (Article X: Role of Demobilized GRP Military Personnel).

“What’s left of the AFP in the event CASER is implemented are the Engineering Brigades tasked to undertake civil works and infrastructure for industrial development,” added Parlade.

Page 74 of CASER’s Article IX — Role of the New People Army and the Progressive and Revolutionary Mass Organizations provides the NPA will not be demobilized.

This means that the New People’s Army will absorb the functions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

It is impossible that Bello did not know the repercussions of these impositions on the GRP panel. If he did, was he giving the president sound advice to move forward talking with the communist terrorist groups knowing very well no compromise about these issues could be forthcoming?

If he did not, then that would be outright treachery exposing President Duterte to at least embarrassment for being ridiculously adventurous.”

Once again, Bello has failed to deliver Duterte’s precondition to meet Jose Maria Sison  in the Philippines as the communist prima oumo insists the meeting be held in another nearby country, that political prisoners be released and CASER  adopted before formal talks are held.

Earlier, Duterte announced that Bello is a bona-fide communist. “Yan si Bello, talagang komunista yan…” If that is so, then the Filipino people is not represented in the GRP panel. This is a monologue between two factions of the communist terrorist groups.

But the strongest argument to shut the curtain on the Bello stage, is that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has been a resounding success.

Otherwise known as Balik-Loob Program, more than 10,000 former rebels (FRs) who have surfaced and returned to the fold of the law since the Task Force was organized.

No shots fired, no casualties, no collateral damage, and no political accommodations.

Government budget extended to enabling their families to resettle back to their communities, the rebel and his spouse introduced to gainful livelihood, their healthcare and their children’s education taken care of, housing and initial financial needs met.

In short, localized peace talks have led to the verifiable development of an insurgent back to citizenship and therefore his role of a sovereign, restored. (IA/

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