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Inday Sara scraps proposed local peace talks with Reds

Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has turned down her offer to talk peace with communists based in her turf.

In a statement yesterday, Duterte-Carpio said her decision to stop offering her hand to elements of the New People’s Army (NPA) is in line with the government’s policy not to negotiate with “terrorists.”
President Duterte on Monday declared the NPA, along with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), as a “terrorist group.”
The Davao mayor nonetheless re-calibrated a body meant to receive community complaints and grievances that often becomes the platform for NPA infiltration in the President’s hometown.
“Since the policy of the government is to never negotiate with terrorists, what we are going to do is to talk to the community about their issues through the Davao City Advisory Committee for Peace and Development,” Duterte-Carpio said.
“The output of the talk will be used by the city government of Davao to address the issues the communities are experiencing,” she added.
The presidential daughter noted that people who tend to approach the NPAs in deed have valid concerns that government fails to address.
“We acknowledge that they have issues with regard to the services of the government,” she said.
Early last November, Duterte-Carpio said she is willing to negotiate with local forces of the NPA.
The CPP openly opposes local talks saying that localized talks could be government’s tactic to divide their movement.
“Duterte’s local peace talks will surely fail in its aim of dividing the revolutionary forces waging a nationwide people’s war,” the CPP said.
“The Duterte regime is wasting time and the people’s money in setting-up these useless local peace committees which will go nowhere and achieve nothing.
“By pushing for local peace talks and enticing the surrender of NPA fighters with silly incentives, Duterte reveals himself to have a very shallow appreciation of the profound social problems which are at the root of the raging civil war in the Philippines,” it added.
Meanwhile, in his speech in Clark, Pampanga yesterday, Duterte said he pities the fate of students radicalized by the Left, saying their idealism and efforts end up futile.
“I feel sorry about the youth who are willing to die for the ideals, for the ideology that has never contributed anything at all,” Duterte said.
“It’s too late in the day to introduce even a simple form of socialism. The Filipinos will never be ready for it,” he added.
Duterte cited his own experience, being a former student activist and member of a radical youth group founded by would-be Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison in the mid-1960s.
The Chief Executive made the statement a week after reports came that a 22-year-old University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila campus student died in a firefight between state security forces and the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Nasugbu town, Batangas.
UP student Josephine Ann Lapira, who dropped out from her Biochemistry course, used to be the deputy secretary general of legal leftist group Gabriela Youth-Manila.
She was also a student council official for her University. Some accounts said that joined the NPA back around August this year.
Meanwhile, members of the Alpha Phi Omega or APO fraternity in UP Manila had their annual oblation run yesterday.
The fraternity’s theme for their naked run was “Unbound: A Homage to her Revolution” honoring student-turned-rebel Lapira.
Leftist youth activists also marched from the University of Santo Tomas to Mendiola in Manila as part of their build-up demonstrations for the December 10 rally on International Human Rights’ Day.

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