Sec. Dureza: We’re not involved in localized peace talks with Reds

PRESIDENTIAL Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza yesterday said his office is not involved in the local peace talks initiated by the city government.

 Localized peace talks, Dureza said, will not deal directly with the leadership of the communist coalition of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the New People’s Army (NPA), and the National Democratic Front (NDF).

 “We in OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser on Peace Process) will not get involve in the localized peace talks because we are dealing with the leadership (of the communist coalition),” Dureza told reporters during the press briefing in yesterday’s launching of peace buzz at Rizal Park.

 The local peace talks with only deals with the local members of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

 Dureza said local government units have always been suggesting to them that they would like to have localized peace talks with the communist group.

 The Presidential Peace Adviser said that local officials are saying that they can deal better with the local NPA commanders because they know their needs and that they can also provide assistance to the surrendering communist rebels.

 Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued an executive order creating the Davao City Peace Committee (DC-PEACE) to deal with the NPAs in the hinterlands in the city.

Carpio appointed former Judge Ridgway Tanjili as the chair of DC-PEACE, that is also composed of Malou Bermudo of City Social Service and Development Office, Barangay Captain Jessie Areja (Malabog in Paquibato District), lawyer Elisa Lapina of the City Legal Office and Archbishop Romulo Valles of the Catholic Bishop of the Philippines.

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