Communists claim talks called off for bigger military offensives

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte rescheduled the planned resumption of peace talks to give way for Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)’s all-out military offensive against NPA until the end of 2018.

“By calling off the scheduled peace negotiations with the NDFP, Duterte aims to give the AFP more time to complete its military campaign plan for 2018 of mounting bigger offensives under Oplan Kapayapaan in the hope of crippling the NPA and inducing the NDFP to negotiate a surrender,” CPP said in a statement.

On Friday, June 15 Presidential peace adviser Jesus Jess Dureza said that resetting of the planned peace talks aims to protect the gains achieved in the backchannel talks prior to formal resumption of peace negotiations.

“History teaches of many peace deals that suffered setbacks due to the lack of public support and this is precisely why we have decided to engage the public and have consultations with various sectors to protect those gains,” Dureza added.

Peace talks with the communist party was scheduled to happen June 28 to 30.