By Rocky Nazareno
The National Democratic Front (NDF) slammed former Philippine Government (GRP) chief negotiator Alex Padilla as the “biggest failure in the history of the GRP-NDF peace negotiations” after he predicted the failure of the ongoing talks between the two parties under the Duterte administration.
Padilla, who had served as GRP peace panel chairperson during the term of former president Benigno Aquino III, had earlier said in a talk show that the talks between the GRP and NDF, which are now in the fourth round in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, would amount to nothing.
“During (Padilla’s) stint as head of the GRP negotiating panel, the talks did not progress even an inch,” the NDF said in a statement released to the media.
The NDF charged that Padilla even “wanted to move (the talks) backward in negotiating what had already been achieved by trying to tear apart all the important agreements already signed.”
Padilla headed the GRP peace panel during the Aquino administration but talks with the Communists bogged down in 2011. It was from that point that the current negotiations proceeded, and are now on their ninth month and fourth round.
NDF recounted how Padilla “attacked the all-important document that is the The Hague Joint Declaration as being a document of perpetual division.”
The NDP likewise accused Padilla of “spreading intrigue in his claim that the NDF leaders engaged in the current peace negotiations do not represent the revolutionary movement.”
It also chided him for implying that “President Duterte and the rest of the GRP panel are stupid for talking to these (Communist) leaders.”
“Having become irrelevant to the current peace talks, he is now trying hard to be a ‘spoiler,” the NDF said.