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Is Joma Sison deceiving us? Control over NPA questioned

Is there still any point to holding peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines and National Democratic Front if they cannot control the New People’s Army?
Sen. Panfilo Lacson posed the question Sunday after the government suspended the fifth round of peace talks with the CPP-NDF, the political arm of the NPA.

“Nakikipagusap tayo tapos ang sasbaihin ng CPP at saka NDF wala silang control sa NPA. E bakit tayo nakikipagusap sa CPP-NDF, inamin naman nila wala silang control sa NPA?” Lacson said in an interview on DZBB.

“Ayusin muna nila ang kanilang organization, ang CPP-NPA-NDF. Sila ba ay iisa pa, o watak-watak na, hiwalay na ang NPA?” he added.

On Saturday, the government announced it is not participating in the fifth round of the peace talks, citing the NPA’s supposed escalated offensives in response to the declaration of martial law over Mindanao.

Also, Lacson said he and some colleagues in the Senate have wanted a briefing from Malacanang or the executive department on the peace talks.

He said he had discussed the matter with Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Gregorio Honasan II.

“Hindi ba dapat kausapin natin ang NPA, ang ground commander? Dahil hindi naman pala sila sumusunod at ‘di sila nako-control at CPP at NDF. At sa Netherlands pa sila naguusap, ang leaders nila nagpupunta roon tapos aaminin nila di sumusunod,” he said.

Worse, Lacson said that while the talks are ongoing, the NPA continues to ambush policemen and soldiers, and collect so-called revolutionary taxes from traders.

“Tuloy ang pag-ambush sa pulis at sundalo, pagsalakay habang may peace talks, para ano pa tayo nakikipag-peace talks? Kawawa ang sundalo at pulis,” he said.

“Ang NPA, extortion na nangyayari. Nanununog ng heavy equipment pero nanghihingi ng progressive taxes. Ano pa ba ang progressive tax, di ba extortion yan, under duress?” he added.

Lacson said they may seek a meeting with government officials dealing with the communist rebels’ peace panel.

These include presidential adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza, labor secretary and peace panel member Silvestre Bello III, and security advisers.

via Politiko

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