Government peace panel chair and DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III
Government peace panel chair Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the government does not see any reason yet to declare unilateral ceasefire with the New People’s Army.
The government believes that it should dwell on achieving lasting peace with the communist rebels through the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement.
This is the reason why government peace panel chair Silvestre Bello III said there is no reason yet for the government to declare its unilateral ceasefire.
“Right now, there is no reason to declare a unilateral ceasefire because our President is more interested in obtaining a bilateral ceasefire agreement,” Secretary Bello III said.
On March 25, the CPP announced its plan to declare its own ceasefire to show their support to the fourth round of peace talks in the Netherlands.
The first item on the agenda of the talks is the bilateral ceasefire agreement.
This is also the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte and the government hopes to finalize one during the resumption of peace talks.
However, Secretary Bello does not deny that discussions on ceasefire agreement will be tedious.
“Ang pinakamahirap diyan is yung issue of revolutionary tax at saka yung buffer zones..yung hanggang saan pwede yung pwersa nila at yung pwersa natin, yun ang mga sensitive issues,” Secretary Bello said. (The most difficult is the issue of revolutionary tax and determination of buffer zones…where both leftist forces and government forces are allowed. Those are the sensitive issues.) – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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