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Davao RPC favors localized peace talks with Communist rebels

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By Armando Fenequito Jr. 

DAVAO CITY – The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) 11 is now pushing for the conduct of localized peace dialogue between local government units (LGU) and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Davao Region.

Provincial Governor of Davao Oriental Nelson L. Dayanghirang, and LtGen Benjamin R Madrigal Jr, Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command (Jc Valencia via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

(R) Provincial Governor of Davao Oriental Nelson L. Dayanghirang (JC Valencia via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

RPOC chairman and Davao Oriental Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang said that, after their meeting here on Wednesday afternoon, the members of RPOC 11 agreed with the move since they wanted to try other ways to attain peace and order in the localities that have problems with insurgency.

Dayanghirang said the national government has been trying to negotiate with the officials of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) but failed many times.

“Why not subukan natin, i-localized natin ang peace talks at tingnan natin kung magiging epektibo ito? (Why not we give a try on localized peace talk and see if this effective?),” he said.

The governor said the conduct of local peace dialogues might have an advantage since the LGU officials already know the problem and might be have the solution to address it with the existence of Executive Order 70 or the Whole of Nation Approach to Attain Sustainable Peace and to End Local Communist Armed Conflict issued by President Duterte.

Dayanghirang added the local officials might already know the rebels in their area of responsibility that will make them easy to talk with if the localized peace talks will be pushed through.

He said the members of RPOC 11 already made a resolution for this move and they will submit it to the Office of the President for approval.

Dayanghirang said the council will be drafting the mechanism of the dialogue as soon as the president approves their proposal.

Earlier, Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said localized peace talks with the local government units should also be explored, to know which of these are viable in attaining the elusive peace.

Duterte said that if the LGU officials have the capacity to conduct the localized dialogue, the national government should allow it since they are the ones who experience the problems of insurgency in their respective areas.

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