Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said the government is ready to resume peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) only if the communists show “a little bit of sincerity.”
“The government is ready, the President (Rodrigo Duterte) is ready, but what we want from them (insurgents) is (a) little bit of sincerity kasi napakinggan naman natin yung sinabi ni (because we heard what) (National Democratic Front chief negotiator Luis) Jalandoni (that) the peace talk is only a means to advance the revolutionary movement of the CPP-NPA,” Lorenzana said in a television interview.
The DND chief is also challenging the Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives to renounce the CPP-NPA or its armed struggle and work together with the government “if they really want this country to progress.”
He also challenged the CPP-NPA to stop their extortion activities on businesses all over the country, stop the attack on soldiers, policemen and civilians, and stop sabotaging the infrastructure projects of the government. SOVEREIGNPH