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Doors always open for peace negotiations – Bello

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By Analou De Vera

The government never closes its doors to have peace negotiations with the communist groups, said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
(ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Yung possibility of talk with the CPP-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines- National Democratic Front) and NPA (New People’s Army) is always there kasi alam naman natin na ang advocacy ng ating pangulo is lasting and inclusive peace for our country,” said Bello.

[The possibility of talk with the CPP-NDF and NPA is always there because we know that the advocacy of our President is lasting and inclusive peace for our country.]

Last March, President Duterte announced the “permanent termination” of the peace talks between the government and communist groups. However, the government announced that they are eyeing to form a localized peace panel.

“Maybe he changes his stance once in a while, but yung kanyang final goal will be peace for our country. Ayun yung panaginip nya ever since..,” said Bello, who was the former chairman of the government peace panel for talks with the communists.

[Maybe he changes his stance once in a while, but his final goal will be peace for our country. That is his dream ever since.]

“The last thing I heard about the peace panel is that the President will create a panel composed of two civilians and three military personnel,” said the labor chief.

Asked if he will become a member of the localized peace panel, Bello said that he is still uncertain.

“Whether he will place me there or not, I don’t know,” said the labor chief.

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